Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-05-04 10:22:30 –
“When someone is imprisoned, we just don’t want to lock them up,” said Karen Kang, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Bureau.
Recently, several prisoners were selected to take a Zoom class taught by a professor at the University of New Mexico about the author Ernest Hemingway.
“These people are doing a lot of the same work that outside college students do,” Kang said.
Classes are paid using a grant from PBS, which recently produced a documentary series about the author.
The state said they wanted to be able to make better prisoners by giving them something to study and write.
“As you know, let me think critically in a way that is different from what individuals are experiencing,” said Morgen Jaco, director of re-entry for the department.
Some of the prisoners in the class have been convicted of violent crimes such as murder and kidnapping.
According to Jaco, those prisoners can still set an example.
“Focusing on this kind of population also helps the inner culture,” she said. “Therefore, if there are highly secure individuals engaged in programming or changing the way we think about things, it will affect the entire population.”
“It affects how they talk to each other, how they interact with each other, and how they work with staff,” she added.
The state told KOB4 that this particular program will only be offered for a specific period of time. However, there are other initiatives, such as classes aimed at reducing recidivism.
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