A comprehensive and effective way to transform lives and reduce recidivism in the corrections industry.

The ONLY Person U Cheat Is U


Transform the rehabilitation process with TOPUCU for Corrections, an innovative program meticulously crafted to empower individuals within the correctional system through evidence-based strategies. As correctional facilities nationwide strive for comprehensive solutions to reduce recidivism and promote successful inmate rehabilitation, TOPUCU distinguishes itself for its proven effectiveness in fostering self-awareness, self-discipline, optimistic mindset, goal-oriented behavior, and sound decision-making skills. With a focus on personal development and addressing criminogenic needs, TOPUCU aims to create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those within the corrections industry.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING & the Criminogenic Needs

The TOPUCU program seamlessly aligns with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) initiatives, bridging its principles into the correctional context. By complementing efforts to nurture emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, and overall well-being, TOPUCU for Corrections stands as a valuable asset in addressing inmates' criminogenic needs and fostering positive rehabilitation outcomes. Here's how TOPUCU integrates into the unique framework of SEL initiatives within correctional facilities:

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Say that social and emotional skills are the most important to success and yet are the hardest skills to find.

TOPUCU addresses the risk factor of employment by guiding individuals in setting goals and optimizing their time, promoting a focus on positive employment-related activities and career development.

Social and Emotional Development produces an 11-percentage point gain in performance. TOPUCU encourages individuals to reevaluate and shift values towards pro-social attitudes by fostering a positive mindset. As well as, targeting anti-social values by emphasizing the importance of nurturing positive thoughts to shape actions.

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Believe social and emotional skills can be taught and that it benefits students (inmates). The program guides individuals in developing new routines aligned with positive goals, fostering self-discipline and control over impulsive behavior.


Self awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management, relationship management, employment rates, and average wages. The focus on habit formation, cognitive processes, values, commitment to change, and addressing environmental factors contributes to reducing criminal behavior and promoting positive reintegration into society.


Mental health problems, behavior issues, drug use, recidivism, and criminal behavior by encouraging individuals to identify and overcome challenges. The program aids in breaking ties with negative influences, reducing reliance on criminal peers


Across correctional facilities, there is a growing recognition of the positive impact of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs, supported by research linking them to favorable outcomes such as reduced recidivism rates and improved overall well-being for inmates.

A significant factor that distinguishes TOPUCU from other programs is that it’s not offender centric – it ’s reintegration centric.

TOPUCU is already being taught to offenders and the initial research-based evidence shows a significant reduction in criminal thinking and increases in motivation and resiliency, In addition, TOPUCU is written and taught in a manner that immediately connects with this population. Individuals learn the process of ‘right thinking’ and how it manifests into ‘right actions’. They are taught how to invest in themselves through a process that yields a personal mission statement and goals; moving them into the future and preparing them to successfully re-enter society as a productive citizen – breaking the cycle.




TOPUCU aims to see a measurable reduction in recidivism rates among inmates who complete the program by addressing the root causes of criminal behavior and providing practical tools for change.

Improved Facility Atmosphere:

TOPUCU aims to create a more positive and supportive environment within the correctional facility, contributing to the overall well-being of inmates and staff.



TOPUCU Programming contributes to successful rehabilitation allowing administrators to be recognized as leaders in program innovation while making a meaningful impact of the lives on inmates.

A peek inside the program:

lesson one: habits

Lesson one is about habits and the three components: Trigger, Routine and Reward. We focus on the “Routine” as the one component of habit that you can actually control. Dissect the Trigger to understand the “Why” behind every habit. Develop new routines that line up with what you are trying to accomplish.

lesson two: motivation

We introduce the “Scales of Motivation” as a guide to why you may or may not be doing something. Evaluate the scales to see which part of the formula needs to be adjusted in order to keep moving toward your goals. We also explore two forms of motivation: External and Internal. Enjoy External motivation, but live through Internal motivation.

lesson three: pain

We talk about “Pain” and discomfort as a critical part of positive transformation. We teach that the pain you’ll experience during your change is nothing compared to the pain you may feel if you decide to stay in your current situation.

lesson Four: the seven e’s

The Seven E’s represent the way thoughts enter and affect your mind. You’ve got to stop the negative thoughts at the first E, “Entrance” and, conversely, you need to nurture the positive thoughts all the way through the final E - “Enveloped”. Our thoughts become our words. Our words become our actions. Our actions become our habits. And our habits define who we are.

lesson five: visualization

“Visualization” - seeing it and achieving it. Think of an image on a puzzle box to illustrate the idea of having a picture of what you’re reaching for. If you cannot visualize where you want to be at the end of your journey, then the chances of ever starting that journey are slim to none. Visualize your goal and reach for it one piece at a time.

lesson six: value of time

We explore the “Value of Time”. Make a list of the six most important tasks to accomplish each day and work to optimize the 168 hours you have in each week. True lasting transformation takes time - using that time wisely and effectively creates change.

lesson seven: burn the bridge

Identify and visualize challenges that are keeping you from changing or causing you to go back to your old habits, put them on top of that bridge and blow them up! Be committed to your future self.

The second part of TOPUCU is the FINISHER Program. Here, we guide you through the process of taking an inventory of your life. We’ll break it down into sections like family, education, health, work and more. This activity leads to the creation of a Personal Mission Statement for your life. We’ll get to the core of who you are and help you lay out specific, positive statements about yourself that will keep you motivated and on track to being the best person you can be each day.

Then we identify specific and attainable SMART Goals for every area of your life. We teach you about four types of time-sensitive goals. These goals become the ultimate key to seeing true positive transformation.

topUcu is trusted by 250,000+ people worldwide


"TOPUCU is one of the most powerful programs I’ve seen at ODRC to date.  It places things in an order to where a guy can step back and say, “I can see that now.  I get it now.”  You start seeing different ways that you can apply these principles to your life."

Male Offender


"I’ve tapped in ever since I took TOPUCU and I’ve learned so many more new steps.  I didn’t know it could be broken down like that.  I just live by it every day."

Female Offender


"I’ve read all the programs.  I’ve done all the exercises.  I’ve been in sports.  I’ve had coaches talk to me.  But TOPUCU gives you a new way to think about stuff.  Stuff you might have known, but now you can put it into words and it just makes more sense and it’s easier to tell other people."

Pre-Trial Release Coordinator


"He came into this program thinking it wasn't going to make a difference and in no time at all he had a change of heart.  He had a change of mind.  He had a sense of future, which is something he didn’t have.  It’s done amazing things in his life and I’m looking forward to seeing what it does in the future."

Mother of Male Offender


"It keeps me focused.  It keeps me driven and give me so much hope for my future, because my future is going to be great."

Female Offender


"If I were a prison administrator today, and heard about this program, I would give it to every offender I could find, both in and out of the facility."

Corrections Administrator


"It means everything.  I wanted to take it ever since I heard about it.  So, when I finally got the opportunity, I jumped at it because  I feel like this program could help me when I get out.  It could really benefit me personally."

Male Offender


"TOPUCU was really something good.  It really showed me how not to cheat myself because I feel like I’ve been cheating myself for quite some time."

Male Offender