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Why Utah’s new prison design is cutting edge | Deseret News

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***Transforming Prisons Series: New Designs for Rehabilitation***

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          Prisons in the US are, for the most part, disasters. There are exceptions–some are taking a truly rehabilitative approach through college classes, use of the arts as therapy, gardening, and animal therapy programs. A real need is the physical redesign of prisons and Utah is leading the way in learning from other countries. The Deseret News explains the new prison under construction there.

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Shakespeare Behind Bars – Shakespeare Behind Bars is an adult and juvenile prison arts program…

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***Arts in Rehabilitation Series: Shakespeare in Prisons***

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          Using the arts in prison settings for rehabilitation is  a positive and growing phenomenon in our dysfunctional systems. I have posted before about Shakespeare in New York prisons. Today’s post shares the story about a Michigan-based organization, Shakespeare Behind Bars, that also has some interesting links to Kentucky Shakespeare. It grew out of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, is now independent, and continues to work in both Kentucky and Michigan. Explore the full website and understand the wonderful work they are doing.

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Source: Shakespeare Behind Bars – Shakespeare Behind Bars is an adult and juvenile prison arts program bringing theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to the incarcerated, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.

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Jackson’s work in Texas prisons inspires NYC theater group – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff – University at Buffalo

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***The Arts in Prison Rehabilitation Series: Bruce Jackson and His Influence***

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          The arts can play a major role in rehabilitating prisoners; Bruce Jackson was a pioneer in seeing this in the 1960s and his work is still important today. This article from the University of Buffalo both traces the history of Jackson’s work and its history and poses important question on how the arts show us a way to new approaches to rehabilitating prisoners.

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“As a young man more than 50 years ago, UB English professor Bruce Jackson first heard the work songs sung by the African-American convicts in Texas state prisons. He recognized an empowering spirit that resonated expressive power he couldn’t forget.”

Source: Jackson’s work in Texas prisons inspires NYC theater group – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff – University at Buffalo

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The Arts & Humanities in Prison Rehabilitation:

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     As a former university professor and dean and a critic of the way universities are developing, I am delighted to share information about an institution I have always admired, Bard College. Among the college’s other outstanding programs, the Bard Prison Initiative is helping to lead the way in serious rehabilitation for prisoners. Learn about this work and the consortium established by Bard with other colleges to spread the work.

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“The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences.”

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For female inmates, Shakespeare in Prison is liberating

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      Using the arts in rehabilitating prisoners is one of the most important and useful of recent developments. I have posted before on this topic and it will be the focus of a resource guide in the Living Through Creativity series. Today’s post is another example in the growing Shakespeare in Prisons movement and shows how powerful drama therapy can be.

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“While staging productions like ‘Othello,’ inmates at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility learn teamwork…”

Source: For female inmates, Shakespeare in Prison is liberating

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Arts in Prison Rehabilitation!

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