Source: (2001) Prison Fellowship New Zealand. Downloaded 15 April 2005.

Around four years ago, Prison Fellowship International (PFI) decided to develop a programme that would bring small groups of victim volunteers into prisons to meet with small groups of prisoners to talk about their experiences with crime. The victims and offenders are not related (that is, the victims are not the particular victims of those offenders), and studies in North America and Europe had suggested that this kind of meeting are useful for both victims and offenders. PFI convened an international design team to explore how such a program might be constructed and to oversee development of the curriculum. This was a task the team took seriously, since the issues and group dynamics generated in these meetings could be quite powerful. The project, known as the Sycamore Tree Project, was launched in a men's prison in Houston, Texas. The second programme was in Arohata Women's Prison, New Zealand. A third ran in a men's prison in England. PFI evaluated the pilot programme and a team has re-written the "Sycamore Tree" manual. (excerpt)