About SuEllen Fried
For more than 30 years, SuEllen Fried has visited prisoners in Kansas to witness discussions where inmates transform themselves through "raw, real and relevant" sessions. SuEllen co-founded Reaching Out From Within with an inmate who was a member of the Lifer's Club in 1982. She was asked to bring in experts to help the inmates understand the roots of violence in their lives. Consequently, a curriculum emerged that has produced amazing low recidivism rates. Today, ROFW reaches more than 600 prisoners each year and operates 18 weekly groups in all nine Kansas prisons, and three weekly programs in North Carolina Correctional Facilities. ROFW members are committed to giving back in many ways. They tutor other inmates to obtain their GED, train themselves to be hospice workers for terminally ill prisoners, speak to youth groups, raise funds for child abuse and domestic violence shelters, and many program alums return to prisons to be volunteer sponsors and mentors.