Prison Communities International Inc. (PCI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to criminal justice issues. We believe in the inherent value of every human being, including criminal offenders, and we recognize the need for dialogue among all stakeholders about making changes in our criminal justice system, from a punitive to a rehabilitative stance.
With a world leading incarceration rate and reentry issues of unprecedented proportions in the United States , the entire field of incarceration, rehabilitation and safe return to society is destined to undergo dramatic change.
We believe the primary impetus for change in the criminal justice system lies not with the prison administration, or the political system, but first and foremost with the public. An informed public, while concerned about safety in our communities, will demand just punishment followed by rehabilitative education. These steps made intelligently and effectively are necessary in order for those members of society who made a mistake to return and play a positive role in rebuilding the community where they were once a destructive force. We believe this vision can best be achieved through solid dialogue among all the stakeholders.
PCI is founded and run by two skilled international business professionals with background and expertise in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. Over the last 10 years, they focused specifically on criminal justice.
KATHERINE VOCKINS (Board Member, PCI Executive Director and Project Director) founded RTA in 1996 and PCI in 1999. As Executive Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization. She manages and produces RTA projects and occasionally participates as an actor.
In 1998 and 2002, Katherine produced fundraising events to support the privately-funded college program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. She produced and moderated the first two regional conferences on prison issues in Westchester County in 1999 and 2001.
In 1998, Katherine was awarded Sing Sing Correctional Facility's Volunteer of the Year Award. She founded and has run an international marketing organization for over twenty years. She is a seasoned business specialist in marketing, strategic planning and project management. She has worked with both the private and non-profit sectors, and clients include: Save the Children, American Express, JC Penney, Corning, QVC Television Network and Habitat for Humanity.
HANS B. HALLUNDBAEK, D.-Min. (PCI Board Member, Project Director) has developed PCI's two regional conferences, the New York-based conference, "Can Anything Good Come out of Prison?" and other programs that provide transitions for prisoners being released back into society.
Hans currently teaches theology in a privately sponsored prison college program, pastors a small Presbyterian church in Croton Falls, NY, and also writes and consults to various faith-based organizations. His professional career includes 15 years in international business in Europe and the Far East and another 20 years running his own international marketing and trading consultancy.
Hans earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arhus, Denmark and an advanced management degree from INSEAD Management School of France. His U.S. degrees include a Master's in Theology from Maryknoll School of Theology, a Master's in Divinity, and a Doctorate from New York Theological Seminary.