I just finished reading an amazing book about the experience of being a correctional officer at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Newjack is by Ted Conover, who is a journalist and was interested in writing about the officer training academy. When his request was rejected, he instead applied to become an officer, went through the training, and worked as a CO for a year.
It’s a fabulous book and really well-written, and sheds some light on what that job really means. Plus there’s some really interesting prison history in there as well (interesting to me, anyway, but maybe I’m just the world’s biggest nerd). Here’s a link to the site with reviews, if you’re interested.
Months ago, Maddy from Oregon posted this blog about her literature Inside-Out class: 2010 Final Class Project.
Now here’s a really exciting update, with the entire final project available online. There is some really exciting content from the inside and outside members of the class: literary essays, poetry, artwork, and open letters to the class.
I highly recommend that everyone view their final class project here: 2010 Literature and Ethics.
We’re working nationally and locally to develop new ideas for alumni projects. We’re hoping to create a variety of ways for Inside-Out alumni to stay involved, whether they are connected to a local Inside-Out group or not. We hope to have more folks writing on the blog (to connect, please email email@example.com)
We imagine that some groups can form new projects and programs as alumni. For those people, we’re looking for more ideas like the youth book club in Oregon or the re-entry program in Philadelphia. Any suggestions?
It’s also possible that we as an organization could help get people hooked up with programs with similar ideologies, that aren’t affiliated with Inside-Out. An example in Oregon would be volunteering with Sponsors, a really fabulous re-entry program in Eugene, which is a really fabulous organization and is co-directed by Inside-Out trained Paul Solomon.
So if you’ve got ideas, please comment! We’d love to hear from you.
Sister Helen Prejean has become a huge supporter of Inside-Out Program since being involved with the writing workshop in Oregon in October 2010. She spoke in Denver last weekend, and told the crowd:
“There are amazing things happening already: young people waking up to the real issues of social justice in the world. They have that Inside-Out Program that has college students taking classes with folks in prisons. You should see what they are doing! That’s the real power of meeting people seeing who they are and how they live. That’s how people get to new understanding.”