If the ultimate goal of incarceration for one who commits a crime is personal restoration and another chance to become a positive force in the community — rather than to simply incur punishment — here is an initiative I recently found out about that appears to be in the win-win category for Kentuckians and beyond.
“In 2000, Kentucky Correctional Industries (KCI) was given the opportunity,” said Williams, “to work with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to establish an inmate braille program at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW). The program is meant to help teach a trade and work skills to women with the goal of getting them ready to make a positive reentry to society. Once released, most transcribers are able to obtain employment being paid page by page to inscribe into braille. Those who participate in these programs rarely reoffend.”
To continue this story and read more, please see the (amazing!) Original Article here by NKY Tribune Columnist Steve Flairty.