Write to Release NFP
Organized by: Esley S
EVENT DATE Aug 22, 2014
In Illinois, 51.7% of inmates return to prison within 3 years of release.
The solution to this high rate of recidivism is education and empowerment through creative writing programs in our prisons and jails. The work of writing, critical thinking, and personal reflection aids the inmate in becoming a more skilled individual, both technically and emotionally. To this end, I founded Write to Release.
Last month, Write to Release finally began to take the form I envisioned; I began teaching creative writing classes at Lake County Jail in Waukegan, Illinois. I am honored to be working with a group of men whose talent and voices I intend to bring to you through our website and an annual literary journal.
Write to Release was founded in the belief that our correctional institutions can use help in pursuing rehabilitative measures. We seek to be a part of that approach by actively engaging our students with reading and writing. Write to Release recognizes inmates as dynamic individuals and seeks to provide them the opportunity to strengthen and find skills through creative writing workshops. Selected work-product of our class participants will be shared with the greater community in recognition of their place as members of our society, not outcasts or rejects.
If you believe in our mission, I ask for your support. We are currently trying to raise funds to help off-set some of the start-up costs (filing fees for 501(c)(3), incorporation fees) in addition to funds to support the day-to-day operations of the organization, (materials for the classes, website costs).
(Please note that once approved, our 501(c)(3) status will be retroactive to incorporation, thereby making your donation tax deductible).
I also invite you to check out our website and blog: http://writetorelease.org and share with others who may be interested in our work.
A student in class recently told me they hadn't been able to go to the jail library for 3 weeks. No new reading material for 3 weeks! Your donation assures—at the very least—that they will have new material to read and discuss each week in class, never having to go that long without enrichment in their lives while incarcerated, again.
I thank you in advance for your time and support.