National Institute for Literacy Special Collections: Correctional Education
This site is a comprehensive collection of resources for basic skills and literacy programs in
correctional education. Through this single access point, instructors, administrators, and adult learners can find activities and links exclusively related to correctional education.
Those interested in correctional education can find learning activities, share program administration techniques, join a discussion list, read news about the field, and find links to
key correctional education sites.
The Corrections Connection's (Corrections.com) mission is to provide a comprehensive and unbiased
online community for professionals and businesses working in the corrections industry and to
"inform, educate and assist" corrections practitioners by providing best practices, online
resources, weekly news, products and services, career opportunities, access to post and review
bids, partnership opportunities, innovative technologies and educational tools.
The following films are available for sale or rental from:
First Run/Icarus Films, 32 Court Street, 21st floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Ghosts of Attica
Directed by Brad Lichtenstein, Produced by David Van Taylor and Brad Lichtenstein, Narrated by Susan Sarandon, 2001.
Ghosts of Attica offers "the definitive account of America's most violent prison rebellion, its suppression, and the days of torture that ensued."
High Risk Offender
A film by Barry Greenwald, 1998.
"For ten months, filmmaker Barry Greenwald followed the lives of seven men on the brink of freedom—six deemed at high risk to reoffend—as they struggled to remain on the right side of the law. This film offers a look into the universe of the parole office, and the tenuous relationships between offenders and their parole officers and therapists."
Profits of Punishment
Directed by Catherine Scott, Produced by Pat Fiske & Paradigm Pictures, 2001.
This film looks at prisons as a "new, powerful, recession-proof industry" and explores the relationship between government and industry in the business of incarceration.
Societies Under the Influence
A film by German Gutierrez, A National Film Board of Canada Production, 1998.
This film posits the argument that the "morally and politically correct" drug war we read about in our newspapers everyday is a corrupt and pernicious front that protects our judicial system, big business, organized crime, and American foreign agendas.
Wearing the Green: Longtermers of the New York State Prison System
A video by Arthur MacCaig, 1994.
Former Black Panther Eddie Ellis's odyssey through New York State's prison system.
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"Educating Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students in Correctional Settings," Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas
This article looks at considerations for developing appropriate coursework for linguistically and culturally diverse inmates in prisons, in students' first language as well as English.
"Participatory Literacy Education Behind Bars: AIDS Opens the Door," Kathy Boudin
Harvard Educational Review, Vol. 63, No 2 (Summer 1993): 207-32.
Kathy Boudin recounts her story as an inmate and literacy educator at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for women.
"Prison Literacy Programs," Sandra Kerka
ERIC Digest No. 159 (1995).
This article gives an overview of the contexts and constraints of prison education in the United States.
Journal of Prisoners on Prison
Special Issue on Prison Education
Shakespeare in Jail
Lessons in Life
The Arts in the Prison Education Curriculum
This booklet demonstrates the range of ways in which participation in arts activities can contribute to enhanced educational achievement and particularly to improved basic and key skills.It makes a strong statement about the importance of the arts and their position as a valuable aspect of the prison education curriculum. This publication can be viewed online using the links in the Content section or downloaded as a PDF file.
Coming Home: A Resource Directory for Ex-Offenders Returning to Greater Boston Communities
Prisioners Re-entry Working Group, 14 Beacon Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108