Check out this infographic we designed to kick off the start of our new campaign PAPER (Promoting Access to Prison Educational Resources). The piece helps visualize some of the big numbers that relate to the current reality of incarceration and the importance of prison education. For example, inmates who participated in educational programs are 43 percent less likely to return to prison, which is a big deal since one half of the people released from prison return within three years.
Read more about our research every Monday keep looking forward to our Friday media-related posts.
By Wynton Wong
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a month since Winter Break ended due to all of the work that we’ve done so far. Since announcing our focus for the media campaign for the coming months (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this post by Kristi) we have begun taking the steps to make this media campaign as effective and fantastic as possible.
We are working with amazing people across North Carolina to foster awareness of the educational needs of incarcerated individuals. The Prison Books Collective in Carrboro, N.C., which takes requests for books from prisoners and works to fulfill them, and Brick Oettinger, the Associate Director for Correctional Education at the Friday Center at UNC-CH are just a few. We’re learning so much and are so excited to learn more from our growing list of contacts.
The plan is to research and gather raw materials like interview footage through February and will continue to work to create finished pieces through the end of the semester. We will try to arrange events to promote a more comprehensive understanding of this important issue. We have adopted a goal to increase the number of book donations and volunteers at the Prison Books Collective.
We hope to be accepted into the Clinton Global Institute University to see if we will be attending their annual conference in March, where we will have the opportunity to spread our passion and inspire our peers across the country. We will also get to see the cool projects they are working on.
P.S. Look out for the upcoming release of our promo video!