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Leading by Example: Ways That Prisoners Give Back to Their Communities

  • Michelle Inderbitzin
  • Trevor Walraven
  • James Anderson
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Abstract

Prisons can be busy places, filled, in part, with motivated individuals determined to make the best of their time behind bars. This chapter is coauthored by two young men who have each served more than half of their lives in correctional facilities. They have been both witnesses to and instigators of important personal and institutional changes facilitated by prisoner-led clubs and volunteer-assisted programs and activities. In the maximum-security men’s prison where they currently reside, prisoners create and participate in any number of classes and groups. We describe in this chapter how many men in prison work to better themselves, to support and mentor their peers, to reach out to at-risk youth, and to contribute in meaningful ways to community partners and nonprofit groups.

Keywords

Community Partner Homeless Youth Prison Population Correctional Facility Poor Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Inderbitzin
    • 1
  • Trevor Walraven
    • 2
  • James Anderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Oregon State PenitentiarySalemUSA

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