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A new study by the Pew Public Safety Performance Project says that - for the first time - one in 100 american adults is in jail or prison. It's a shocking number, especially because historically, those coming out of prison have a much harder time adjusting to life, finding a job, and making a difference. So, aside from talk about building more prison space - what are we doing to solve this problem?
Many experts who work in women's corrections especially - see the value in arts based rehabilitation programs.
Today, where we live, we're going to talk about a symposium being held this weekend at Trinity College about the success of arts programs - mostly in Women's prisons. York correctional institution has been a leader in the field - with
writer Wally Lamb's acclaimed writers group winning awards for their books - and performance artist Judy Dworin collaborating with inmates on a multi-media presentation.
We'll talk about why these programs work - and how they can be applied to the much larger, and fast growing, male prison population.
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