Peer 1 is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme for men, many having spent years in and out of prison, in Denver, Colorado.
The men have often tried and failed over and over to turn their life around. With histories of abuse as children and living on the streets, they come to Peer 1 hoping to turn away from addiction and crime, to rebuild their lives and learn how to integrate into society.
14 Jul 2014. Denver, United States. Reuters/Rick Wilking
David F. is given a "trim" - a way of cutting away negative behaviours - by Peer 1 assistant director Paul Thompson (right).
22 Jul 2014. Denver, UNITED STATES. Reuters/Rick Wilking
Men stand silently facing a wall during a monad self-discovery meditation.
15 Sep 2015. Denver, UNITED STATES. Reuters/Rick Wilking
The exercise in the cemetery is meant to show one of three choices the client have: death, return to prison or stick with Peer 1 and recovery.
3 Nov 2015. Denver, UNITED STATES. Reuters/Rick Wilking
Shane P. who’s has spent half his life - 18 years - in prison, weeps while sitting on the hot seat being confronted by his Peer brothers in a "game” - a group exercise that calls attention to poor attitudes and behaviours.
2 Nov 2015. Denver, UNITED STATES. Reuters/Rick Wilking
18 Apr 2014. Denver, UNITED STATES. Reuters/Rick Wilking
Chad Lambert has a tattoo removed with a laser by Jill France at her "What Were You Inking" clinic. France removed tattoos from the Peer 1 clients pro bono in support for their efforts to shed their old lifestyle.
7 Nov 2015. Denver, UNITED STATES. Reuters/Rick Wilking
Dominic G., his head freshly shaved after taking part in a "mass haircut", kisses his daughter Kiersten on Kid's Day.