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Message From the Chair – Fall 2013

On August 12, 2013, Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, gave his annual address to the American Bar Association in San Francisco. Holder took the opportunity to declare that our prison system is broken and needs to be reformed. He cited the following statistics: “While the entire U.S. population has increased by about a third since 1980, the federal prison population has grown…by almost 800 percent… Even though this country comprises just 5 percent of the world’s population, we incarcerate almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.”

Summer Night Lights – My Favorite Season

Summer is one of my favorite seasons and this summer has been one of the most gratifying. Through a partnership between InsideOUT Writers and Summer Night Lights, I was given the opportunity to teach creative writing to young people in South Central Los Angeles and Highland Park. This experience was one-of-a-kind and opened doors for me to grow as a young artist, teacher and motivational speaker. more

2013 Writers’ Retreat at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall

On October 19th, more than 30 students along with their parents, teachers, Probation and IOW staff and special guests gathered in the Compound at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall for the final Writers’ Retreat of 2013. Retreats are held annually at each of the three juvenile halls where IOW has classes and provide an opportunity for students in different living units to come together as a community to celebrate their writing accomplishments. The Barry J. Nidorf Retreat is unique in that parents are allowed to attend.

Beach Party 2013

On October 3rd, 2013, board members Barry Nugent, Ian Fischler, Brian Leuchtenburg and Mickey Mandelbaum hosted the 3rd Annual Beach Party Fundraiser as the sun set at a Malibu beach house. Among the 85 guests were alumni, teachers, staff, volunteers, and other board members. In addition to raising funds to support IOW’s work to reduce the juvenile recidivism rate, the event also served as an opportunity for guests to learn about the Writing and Alumni Programs. more

Employment after Incarceration

employment_contentFinding employment in this job market is tough enough, but imagine having to do it while contending with employer bias, limited education and work experience as well as a criminal record. These are the barriers that our alumni — formerly incarcerated youth and young adults — face every day. In the fight to stay out of jail, employment is a key factor. In fact, several studies have linked the high recidivism rate among formerly incarcerated persons with their lack of education and employment opportunities.