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NCJ Number: 141283 Find in a Library
Title: Program Allows Inmates and Juveniles to Learn Together and From Each Other
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:55  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1993)  Pages:78-80
Author(s): S T Smith; N A Schrepf
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The "Books Behind Bars" program at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky., is an innovative program that brings together inmates, high-risk middle school students, and volunteer college students to discuss novels.
Abstract: The 15-month-old program allows individuals from various backgrounds to learn from each other as they share in the education experience. Specific program objectives are to instill a love for reading in inmates and youth, nurture in participants the desire to help others and take an active role in solving social problems, encourage participants to relate the universal themes about the human condition presented in classic literature to contemporary society and its problems, to instill in participants the general value of education, and to overcome the negative effects of isolation by exposing inmates to youths' ideas and problems. Prison staff oversee the program's administration and are responsible for providing security to the middle school and college students who participate. Most participating inmates are enrolled in an academic program at the institution; however, a few with limited or no literacy skills have participated by listening to the books on tape or having other inmates read the books to them. With the recent expansion of the program to include more schools and a women's correctional institution, program staff are confident it will become a permanent part of Kentucky's correctional programming.
Main Term(s): Inmate Education Assistance Programs
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Kentucky
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