EDUCATE, DON'T INCARCERATE!
We bring writing workshops to people who are incarcerated, detained and formerly incarcerated for advocacy, education and literacy development.
"In life we may experience things and go through things that we don’t feel comfortable telling others about. Through experience i realized the more i kept inside the more imprisoned i became. For me writing is a form of liberation. I no longer feel imprisoned by my deep dark secrets of life experiences. Once i express them with a pen and pad i am FREE."
Justin Corney, Prison Writes Blog contributor
Partners and Programs
These zoom writing workshops with women in re-entry provide a fun, safe space to share poetry and spoken word where exploring diverse themes around family, values, and ideas.
John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity
While our work with people in prison is on hold, we continue our workshops via zoom with college and potential college students at the Institute exploring a variety of genres for self-expression.
Rikers Island Jail
We provide weekly distance writing lessons that are fun, reflective and educational to provide a meaningful outlet of expression and entertainment for our young friends who are being held at Rikers.
Taconic Correctional Facility
In these workshops with women preparing for reentry, we work with them on resumes, cover letters and expressive writing.
New York City Administration of Children's Services
Through this partnership we've worked with youth in Close to Home residences throughout NYC as well as foster care and former foster care youth to develop literacy and advocacy skills.
In our workshops with young people in Bronxconnect alternative to incarceration program we use writing to explore themes of community, healing and resilience.
Brooklyn District Attorney's Office of Reentry Programs
In these workshops with young people in the Gender Responsive Re-entry Assistance Program, we use writing to help participants develop their confidence and build their social and communication skills.
About the School to Prison Pipeline
The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. The school-to-prison pipeline is a national trend of funneling children out of public schools and into the criminal justice system. “Zero-tolerance” policies that encourage police presence in schools and utilize harsh punishments for minor infractions disproportionately affect racial minorities and children with learning disabilities.
The Incarcerated Youth
Educate, Don't Incarcerate
The higher the degree, the lower the recidivism rate: education for the incarcerated population reduces violence in correctional facilities, significantly increases chances of employment after release, and cuts the correctional budget by millions of dollars in the long term.
(Prison Studies Project. (2018). Why Prison Education? Link)
Literacy Development & Therapeutic Writing: Why it’s Important
Inmates have a 16% chance of recidivism with literacy education, and a 70% chance of recidivism with no literacy education.
(Begin to Read. (2015). Literacy Statistics. Link)
Women and Girls in the Prison System
Understanding that women more often than not enter the criminal justice system as survivors, we create an atmosphere of mutual aid with a strengths based approach. Gender responsive programs take into account that women have different pathways through the systems than men.
1/4 of our participants identify as women.