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How Does Criminon
Restore Self-Respect?

Criminon accomplishes its purpose through the use of L. Ron Hubbard’s booklet, The Way to Happiness. This common sense moral code is a non-religious guide for sensible behavior, showing an individual how to live happily and in harmony with his family, neighbors and fellow man. Through a program of study and drills centered around this booklet, Criminon rehabilitates the individual’s lost sense of responsibility for himself, his family, society and our environment.

Our societies have deteriorated in the latter half of the twentieth century. The moral standards in the home, schools and even religious institutions have likewise deteriorated. Today many grow to maturity without useful moral guidelines and succumb to the real pressures and temptations of modern society.

Mr. Hubbard wrote The Way to Happiness in 1981 in response to this need to educate people on the basic and simple moral values necessary to live a happy and productive life. Criminon believes that people are not born criminals.  Through lack of education and belief, trust and respect in oneself, through lack of standards and guides, man turns to crime. To remedy this Mr. Hubbard set out 21 fundamental precepts or teachings by which one can chart his path. These are:

1. Take Care of Yourself
2. Be Temperate
3. Don't Be Promiscuous
4. Love and Help Children
5. Honor and Help Your Parents
6. Set a Good Example
7. Seek to Live with the Truth
8. Do Not Murder
9. Don't Do Anything Illegal
10. Support a Government Designed and Run for All the People
11. Do Not Harm a Person of Good Will
12. Safeguard and Improve Your Environment
13. Do Not Steal
14. Be Worthy of Trust
15. Fulfill Your Obligations
16. Be Industrious
17. Be Competent
18. Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others
19. Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do
       to You
20. Try to Treat Others as You Would Want Them to Treat You
21. Flourish and Prosper

Criminon students study the booklet as part of a self-study correspondence course or under the supervision of a Criminon staff member in a workshop or classroom, in accordance with the structure of the particular program.

They complete a series of practical exercises covering each precept, , working with the Criminon staff as needed to get through the program. In the process of applying the precepts to his or her life, the student comes to understand how it was that his past behavior and that of others led to harm and learns that he is able to act successfully to improve his own life and the lives of those around him. Thus the Criminon student comes to realize that he is capable of making correct moral choices and regains his own self respect. The student comes to slough off his criminal outlook and adopt The Way to Happiness precepts as his own.

In this way, Criminon uses The Way to Happiness to re-establish and rehabilitate the individual.

Criminon does not require of its students that they accept or believe what they read – only that they understand and apply the material. It is the student’s own use of the information and seeing the results which brings about his personal realization and rehabilitation.

"Since taking this course, I have learned a lot of self-control, something that in my 17th year of incarceration, I did not have...

"Now, after taking this course, I’m able to be in more control of myself and my actions. I'm able to think more clearly before I make any serious decisions."

- R.G

The Criminon Program Evaluation: Phase I

The Urban Institute

Utah Juvenile Court Case Study


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