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NCJ Number: 220353 Find in a Library
Title: Design and Implementation of an Education Program for African American Inmates
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:58  Issue:3  Dated:September 2007  Pages:262-267
Author(s): Nancy J. Nelson
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes an education program initiated by African-American prisoners in the Airway Heights Correction Center in the State of Washington.
Abstract: The African-American Literature Program began in January 2001 at the Airway Heights Correctional Facility in Airway Heights, WA. The program was started by five African-American inmates at the correction center who were concerned about the revolving door of inmates and about the number of younger men, some under 18, coming into the institution. The program was designed to help African-American inmates develop a sense of self-pride and self-worth as African-Americans and to help them to make more appropriate life choices by learning about African-American history and accomplishments, as well as to help develop an interest in African-American literature and reading in general. Although hesitant to permit a race specific program, the correctional center recognized the importance of the African-American Literature Program and awarded it the volunteer group of the year award. References
Main Term(s): Inmate Education Assistance Programs
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Ethnic groups; Inmate Programs; Recidivism; Washington
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