Jeff Anderson speaking to an inmate partaking in the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility gardening program.
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A Gardening Program Helps Reduce Recidivism in a New Mexico Prison

The New Mexico State University and a group of 16 inmates in the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility formed a therapeutic garden program. The New Mexico Correctional Facility is the only prison in southern New Mexico run by the state that has this program. The program has grown over time. Today, they have over 12 Read More…

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Providing Education to Inmates: Smarter Criminals or Smart Solutions?

Providing education to inmates lowers recidivism. Yet, the government won’t invest in educating inmates even if it saves money in the long run. But, why? Currently, most Department of Corrections are not about reintegrating but about punishing. The deplorable incarceration and recidivism rates indicate a different approach is needed. Many inmates have turned to education Read More…

A group of inmates in face paint performing in an actor's workshop.
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Using the Arts to Set the Stage for Rehabilitation in America’s Prisons

Performing arts are an invaluable tool for rehabilitating the lives of inmates. Arts promote creativity and healthy engagement, improving inmates’ chances of reintegration into society. When thinking of therapy and rehabilitation, the last thing on a person’s mind is walking out on a stage. The idea of stepping into the proverbial spotlight is an anxiety-inducing Read More…

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Thirst for Knowledge: How Prison Education Changed the Life of Marcus Lily

35-year-old Marcus Lily is a student at the University of Baltimore. He started his degree while serving time at the Jessup Correctional Institution. Marcus describes his studying in prison as an escape. While reading, he could forget that he was a prisoner and all the negative issues that came with being locked up. It was Read More…

Louisiana Inmates built casket for Evangelist Billy Graham
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Evangelist Billy Graham buried in casket made by Angola inmates

Rev. Billy Graham, one of the most internationally recognized Christian evangelist was laid to rest in a coffin built years ago by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The history of the coffin According to Mark DeMoss Rev. Graham’s casket was made in the year 2006 by some inmates in Louisiana State Penitentiary Read More…

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A programmer at Silicon Valley learned to code at San Quentin Prison  

Prison is not just a warehouse to keep wrongdoers. It is also a correction unit where one can benefit from during his/her time in prison. Prison equips inmates with the necessary skills and education to become better citizens after prison. Aly Tamboura is one inmate who has benefitted from these programs. He is now a Read More…

Graduate of the Adams State University Prison College Program
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Hundreds of Prison Inmates Find Education & Friends via Prison College Program

Two Prison College Program instructors help inmates attain their academic goals via mail correspondence. These inmates share their coursework and also unburden their minds via letters. The letters are from prisons all over the country, and they are addressed to two women. Opening their mailboxes, the women receive correspondence written by hundreds of prison inmates. Read More…