In the United States the lack of education, facilities and support for writing (and other programs) within the prison systems is due largely to budget and resource constraints that have resulted from the extraordinary increased rate of incarceration since the 1980’s. To a large extent the general public is unaware that since the 1980’s most opportunities for education and self improvement within state, federal and country jails have become almost non-existent as the emphasis of the prison system has shifted from re-rehabilitation to coping with increased capacity.
The positive therapeutic and educational effects of writing (both fact and fiction) and creating works of art are well recognized to improve health, happiness and reduce crime. The goals of the Write Now Program are to:[/text_output][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”adjust”]Assist prisons by providing and installing systems and infrastructure within prisons that enable prisoners to write at little or no cost to prisons.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”adjust”]Assist with providing writing and education programs to prisoners at little or no cost to prisons.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”adjust”]Provide jobs and assistance in publishing to prisoners and ex-offenders who are producing works of writing, art and music.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”adjust”]To advise participants on sustainable business models by which they can sell their works of writing, art and music[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”adjust”]To reduce rates of recidivism by ex-offenders and to reduce violence in prison through education and opportunities to be creative.[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][text_output]In spite of the current lack of resources available to inmates in prisons many still produce relevant and important works of art and writing. As part of this program selected works from ex-offenders will be sourced and published.[/text_output][button shape=”square” size=”mini” float=”none” circle=”true” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” href=”http://writeawayfoundation.org/submit-work/” title=”Submit Your work”]Submit Your Work[/button][/container]