April-June 2013
Quarterly Newsletter
Vol.1 Issue 2
To our Readers:
Great Opportunity for Your Children and You Can Participate!
The Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF), a new organization founded by a former Warden, is offering scholarships for children of the incarcerated for vocational and university studies.  The idea for the Foundation came to Warden Pitzer during his career when he began to notice second generation crime was becoming a real trend in our country and needed to be addressed in a positive manner.  Foundation president and founder, Percy Pitzer, knows, from experience, inmates have a sincere interest in their children and the overwhelming majority of them care about their well being and success.  He believes inmates will sacrifice the price of at least 1 candy bar each month to help fund this scholarship initiative that will benefit their children.  If we all make a pledge to get involved, whether by setting up automatic withdrawal from your institutional accounts for the CCEF or by other means, there will be 100's more scholarships available for your children.  Please get involved and take a leadership role in funding these scholarships that will give your children a better tomorrow through education!  What is 1 candy bar a month compared to an education for a son or daughter? This is your opportunity to show responsibility as part of your reentry program. Please let your family members know about this opportunity and tell them to go to the CCEF website: www.creativecorrectionseducationfoundation.org for the details and application. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our children and make this scholarship program a huge success!

A Letter From our Friends at NAAWS.
"Support the Creative Corrections Education Foundation Fund"

Dear NAAWS members:
I write this article to make you aware of this important project. I'm referring to another mission of Creative Corrections Education Foundation (Children of Incarcerated parents). One of our most generous sponsors of NAAWS over the years is ...Mr. Percy Pitzer, CEO of Creative Corrections, 6415 Calder Ave, Suite B Beaumont TX 77706. Percy-Through his own initiative and sponsorship in 2012, 142nd Congress of Corrections in Denver, Colorado- Brought Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler as a key note speaker for the ACA. She later attended our Warden of the Year banquet and spoke to us there.
During both the ACA key note address and later at the Warden of the Year banquet she told the audience of her story about her father being incarcerated. She then went on to describe that as a child, the initial devastation of a parent going to jail and prison. She also shared her later resolve and success where she is today. Education and family support system, not losing hope, were some of her most mentioned factors in her success.
Those of us who have made a career in corrections I'm sure have witnessed inmate visitation in the many prisons and jails throughout the country. Children of those incarcerated are sometimes left behind due to their circumstances. Many end up in similar situations as their parents.
This fund, which has been created by the Creative Corrections Education Foundation, is available for contributions to those Children of Incarcerated parents. NAAWS is totally supportive and encourages all members to contribute whatever they can afford. We also encourage participation of inmates at your facility. This is not a "giveaway program." The children will be closely screened to ensure the funds will be used to enhance their Educational/Vocational Training Development.
Thank you for your support of this important project.

Patrick W. Keohane, NAAWS Vendor Coordinator

American Bar Association published paper written by Percy Pitzer on over-incarceration and its impact on the Federal Bureau of Prisons:

Founder, Board President and former warden, Percy Pitzer just published a thought provoking article on over incarceration and its impact on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).  It is in the Spring 2013 edition of the American Bar Association publication Criminal Justice.  The article looks at some of the changes to sentencing (mandatory/minimum) and reduction in parole and the impact these have had over the years on the BOP and in particular in a time of fiscal and management crisis. We hope current and former professionals will begin looking for solutions. An excellent read and please share the article with others!

Positive Exposure for CCEF in Thailand
Board President, Percy Pitzer met on April 29 with Mr. Natthee Jitsayang, Consultant to the Kamlanjai Project in Thailand. 
This Project is under the direct supervision of Her Royal Highness Princess Bajarakitiyabha. The Kamlanjai Project deals with female offenders and their newly born children.   Inmates are allowed to care for their infants for one year before the child is given to the family of the inmate.   Mr. Jitsayang showed considerable interest in having the Creative Creations Education Foundation (CCEF) provide technical assistance and guidance to the Kamlanjai project.   His goal is to set up a Foundation to provide education benefits for children of the incarcerated so they may complete primary and secondary schooling.   Should CCEF become involved, all funding will be generated in Thailand and not the United States.   Percy Pitzer enjoyed a tour of the Thon Buri Women's FacilityPercy was invited to return the next day to tour the Thon Buri Women's Facility and meet with senior staff.   Her Royal Highness Princess Bajarakitiyabha has a very dedicated and committed professional staff.



Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF) is pleased to announce our approval for inclusion in the 2013Texas Gulf Coast Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2013 campaign.  This is yet another milestone for the Foundation and we are confident Federal employees will make generous contributions.

The CFC campaign period is September 1, 2013 - December 15, 2013. The Gulf Coast region includes the following counties: Austin, Bolivar Peninsula, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston Island, Grimes, Harris, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Mainland Galveston, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Waller, Walker, Washington, and Wharton.   The donations will be used to assist the CCEF with its goal to stop second generation crime by providing scholarships for post secondary education to children of the incarcerated and paroled.

CCEF scholarships are made possible by the contributions we receive from inmates, the public as well as the private sector.  The dollar value of each award will vary from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00, and will be based on funding availability and the number of qualified candidates.

If you are a Federal employee in the Texas Gulf Coast region please include Creative Corrections Education Foundation as one of your selected nonprofits for a donation.

For more information on how you can participate, please visit our website. CCEF Website

Scholarship Awards

Creative Corrections Education Foundation Awards 23 Scholarships



Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF) is pleased to announce 23 scholarships have been awarded to children with an incarcerated or paroled parent.  This achievement is a milestone for which we are very proud since the Foundation has been operating for less than a year!  We are confident our 2013 goal of at least 40 scholarships will be met. 


The CCEF scholars come from 14 different States and are or will be attending 22 post secondary educational institutions located across the United States.  We are appreciative of the incarcerated parents who informed their children of the scholarship opportunities and all those who wrote letters of recommendations for the scholars.  We must also recognize the donors who have supported the scholarships.


Based on the excellent response we have had thus far we see the demand for scholarships will continue to increase and this places a greater responsibility on the CCEF to generate additional funding to meet the need.  We are optimistic the inmate population will be an important donor to the scholarship program. 


We wish our scholarship recipients success with their education goals and we congratulate them on being selected for the CCEF scholarship!    

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Inmate Contribution

CCEF is very pleased to report we just received a contribution from an inmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Missouri. We have always said and believed the inmate population will want to play a role in the success of the Foundation. The donation confirms our belief that inmates care about their children and want to assist them. We are confident inmates will want to contribute at least the cost of a candy bar (.75 cents -$1) per month to the scholarship fund. We are optimistic other inmates at Jefferson City and other facilities throughout the United States will follow this example.
Recent Article in May Edition of SETX Event Book

After spending 30 years in prison, Percy Pitzer is determined to keep others from serving jail time. Upon retirement as a warden with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Pitzer worked in private corrections for several years. In 2002, he began Creative Corrections, an international consulting company based in Beaumont.


In 2012, Pitzer founded Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF),

a nonprofit organization headquartered in Beaumont to provide educational opportunities to children of incarcerated parents through scholarships

and other creative strategies. "It's cheaper to send a kid to Yale than to jail and

that's our goal...to keep young kids from going to prison," said Pitzer, a Vietnam Veteran. "As many as 50 percent of juvenile delinquents are children

with an incarcerated parent, so second generation crime is very real."


The average annual cost of maintaining one prisoner is $24,000 while the average cost to send one student to college for a year including books, room

and board is $17,000. Pizer and his wife of 43 years, Sununt, initially funded CCEF with a personal donation of $100,000, and to date 12 scholarships have been awarded to qualifying applicants around the country. However more donations are needed to ensure success, and Pitzer is carrying his message for support to the community and back to prison.


"I visited a high security prison and talked to 400 inmates because I want inmates to contribute; we're supporting their kids. Talking to a group of

100 inmates at a time, I got a standing ovation. Just because a person is in prison doesn't mean they don't care about their kids. It means they ended

up in prison. The overwhelming majority still care about their kids."


Stopping the cycle of second generation crime is a small pursuit to Pitzer's  mammoth long-term mission- prison reform. "I've seen a lot over 25 years. The  Bureau of Prisons is a very good organization, one of the best in government at  trying to do the job the way it's designed but there's some shortcomings in government and it's not the fault of the Bureau. They keep locking up more people and the resources don't increase so what happens? They are expected

to do a lot more with a whole lot less. With the amount of people being incarcerated, the resources are spread across. We need to revisit what we're

doing and come up with alternatives."


In April of this year, some of Pitzer's alternative ideas were published in the American Bar Association Journal titled, "Over Incarceration from the

Perspective of a Retired Warden." Some of Pitzer's ideas include utilizing technology to monitor white-collar criminals (2/3 of inmates in the U.S. are  nonviolent criminals.) instead of sentencing them to serve time; reviewing mandatory sentencing and giving judges more discretion; assisting inmates with reentry to society to reduce the 41 percent recidivism rate and sending kids of

incarcerated parents to school instead of prison. To join Pitzer in his efforts, contact CCEF at 409.861.2536 and visit the Foundation website at


A New Home For CCEF! Construction
The CCEF is pleased to announce ground has been broken for the new home of the Foundation. We are looking forward to the move in November of this year. Our new location will be across from the Creative Corrections corporate offices. The  Kojak Company prepared the design and will oversee the construction for the new office. We are grateful to Creative Corrections for the assistance and support they have provided for this project. We have included some photos and we will continue to share updates.

CCEF and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Begin Pilot Program in Region III!


Over the past few months the leadership from CCEF and TDCJ have had several meetings in Beaumont and Huntsville to develop a system wide program to launch the program in all of the 111 facilities located in the state of Texas. We are pleased to report a pilot will be launched on July 2 at the Region III Wardens meeting. The TDCJ is pleased to partner with CCEF on this important initiative that will allow offenders to take on a parenting responsibility by informing their children about the education opportunities and will also allow them to make contributions to the scholarship program. We are very confident and optimistic this will be a very successful pilot and will assist us as we move forward with other State Systems that have expressed interest in the program.  

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