Prisoners are often forgotten, mistreated members of society. But there are some advocates in the business of preserving a few human dignities for inmates, including access to the arts.
A couple weeks ago I shared a CityBeat story on the reintroduction of the Arts-in-Corrections program in California prisons, which happened shortly after a cover story on the program was published in the weekly. As CityBeat highlighted, this programming leads to reduced disciplinary actions, increased self-esteem and self-respect, improved emotional control and a significantly reduced rate of recidivism. So it was seen as a huge win when arts programs were brought back.
KPBS’ Midday Edition welcomed three guests to the show to discuss the reintroduction of creative instruction provided by seven arts groups in California prisons. Laura Pecenco of Project PAINT, David Beck Brown, former arts facilitator at Donovan Correctional Facility and Donovan’s community resources manager Robert Brown stopped in to talk about these programs and benefits for prisoners both behind bars and after release. Some great, insightful points are made in the interview. Plus, cold hard facts. Can’t argue with those.
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