Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.

-- Don Delillo

Resources

Resources:

We've collected a number of useful resources related to prison education and writing programs. You'll find links to several other organizations in Wisconsin and across the United States who are working hard to provide essential services to the incarcerated, as well as links to general information and statistics about our country's prison system and those inside it.

Local Organizations:

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners Project

Community Connections

Madison Area Urban Ministry

Attic Correctional Services

Correctional Education Association-Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Corrections

National Organizations:

The Sentencing Project

Justice Policy Institute

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Other Prison Information:

John Pawasarat and Lois M. Quinn's 2013 report on Wisconsin's racial disparaties in incarceration.

Dr. Pamela Oliver's (University of Wisconsin-Madison) excellent scholarship on racial disparities in the criminal justice system

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Employment and Training Institute's collection of recent research on the employment needs of formerly incarcerated Wisconsin residents.

America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline Report (pdf) (Children's Defense Fund, 2007)