For the past few months, I’ve been privileged to meet some inmates in the local jail and probationers trying to stay out of jail. They’re studying for their GEDs and I’m a volunteer literacy tutor, helping their professional teachers where I can.
On this Christmas Eve, I was thinking in particular of the inmates. Jails and prisons must be some of the saddest places on a holiday like this. Then this article came via The Crime Report’s daily email. It’s by a prison inmate, Robert Cepada, offering advice to younger inmates about using education to break the cycle of recidivism. His thoughtful perspective should be required reading in jail GED classes. At the very least, Cepada and others like him provide hope to the hopeless.