Adult Education

THE 3 RS - READING REDUCES RECIDIVISM

 The Hinda Institute has initiated a lending library which ships selected books through prison libraries to 18 correctional institutions within the Illinois Department of corrections. Currently, the library has over 141 books; now that the process is in place, we are hoping to expand our program.

 Many of our clients have limited or no access to books and almost no access to computers.

      Open book forming heart Books help our clients connect with their heritage and the broader community, develop spiritually, ethically and emotionally within a Jewish cultural context.

 

      Open book forming heartBooks help our clients to acquire literacy skills in order to find a job and transition back into society.  Books help our clients to better identify their needs and set goals.

 

 

    Open book forming heart  Books are one way to reach out to inmates to help ease their isolation and involve them in meaningful intellectual pursuits.  

  


 

 Open book forming heart     Books assist our clients to develop life and social skills, manage relationships, find alternatives, develop as humans and potentially reintegrate successfully into society.

 

 Thought-provoking study effects a shift in an inmate's ability to direct and channel their energies in positive ways, which in turn enhances an inmate's overall sense of personal responsibility, with beneficial results for the individual, the prison environment, and ultimately for society.

Help us by donating funds for books or the library in honor of a loved one.  Contact Baila for more information.

 

Understanding the Issue

  With 48% of the incarcerated population estimated to have low reading skills (Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile, Autumn 2013) and illiteracy rates in the prison population as high as 75%, it's vital that the prison population is provided opportunities to develop their literacy level in prison and an engagement in reading is crucial to this process.

 Budget cuts have resulted in decreased access to books. In 2000, the Illinois Department of Corrections spent $750,000 on books but by 2017 only $275 was spent on books leaving multiple non-profits to fill the void (News Gazette Oct. 29, 2018). Books and learning are a tremendously valued commodity in a prison environment where reading material is expensive, hard to access and the internet is restricted. Simultaneously, books are critical factor in rehabilitation.