A fascinating radio program on Christopher Lydon's "Open
Entitled Black Men in America: Behind the Numbers, Stories from the Street,
it was part of a longer series called "Black Men in Crisis." It gives
a full and very informed picture of life on the streets and in prison
for today's black men. Check out the link:Black Men in Crisis
What is in the News:
This past February the Boston Globe printed an
article entitled I�m tired of having to watch my back (written as
spoken, with no capitals). This article gives a very vivid picture of what it is like for an average teenager to grow up in Roxbury. These teens have all lost family
and friends to violence. The murder victims are disproportionately young,
make, and black.
The article gives no solutions but its stark but engaged realism is
about as close as you can come to the situation, without being on the
street yourself. Copies are available on request. Email me with your
What is in the News: 1 in 136 U.S. Residents Behind Bars
The government reported on May 21, 2006 that the number of people
behind bars has increased significantly in the last 9 years. By the
summer of 2005, there were almost 2.2 million people, or 1 in every
l36, in jails and state and federal prisons.
There are several reasons for this. One is that the jail population
(which has increased the most) is increasingly unconvicted. Beck, chief
of corrections statistics at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, says
that Judges are perhaps more reluctant to release people pretrial. Marc
Mauer, executive direct of The Sentencing Project (which supports
alternatives to prison), criticized sentencing guidelines. He said
judges should freer to convict at their own discretion. He added that
arrests for drug and parole violations are also responsible for the
rise in inmates and that if we want to see prison population reduced, we need
a much more comprehensive approach to sentencing and drug policy.
The above information was gathered from an Associated Press article
found on the web.
The article is available on request.For more information, contact Tam Neville at email@example.com
June 2nd Annual Workshop for Probation Officers and Facilitators
Save the date! This coming June 2nd we will have our annual workshop
for probation officers and facilitators.Titled: One Ray in the
Rainbow .We hope to look at CLTL in a larger context of changing
demographics and rehabilitation opportunities. Probationer officers
will lead the morning panel. We want facilitators to come away from the
workshop knowing more about where their clients are coming from and
what rehabilitation possibilities are available to them. This gathering
at Henderson House should let us explore some of the issues we often
cannot get into our larger training sessions. IN the afternoon we will
discuss the nature of story. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE.
SAVE THE DATE!
This coming June 2nd will be our annual
facilitator/probation officer training.
FINDING A VOICE
The Practice of Changing Lives Through Literature,
written by co-directors Jean Trounstine and Bob Waxler, came out last
Fall from University of Michigan Press.
New Start-up Programs Out-of-State:
Dave Hawkins reports that they have a program up and running in
Chesapeake, Va. Diane Suddes reports that they are on the verge of
starting a juvenile program in Florida. From Lebanon, Indiana we have
this news from Patty Gates: A 12-week trial book discussion group
began in the fall of 2005 at the New Life Men's Shelter and will have
its final session in March when Certificates of Participation will be
presented to six participants. Other classes will be beginning soon.
Changing Lives Through Literature Conference
Save the Date for CLTL's Third Annual Facilitator/PO Workshop
Date: Friday, June 10, 2005
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Place: Henderson House, Weston, MA
For more information, contact Tam Neville at firstname.lastname@example.org
Changing Lives Through Literature CD-Rom
More than 18 months of development effort has recently culminated in a CD-Rom created to promote and spread the word about the new CLTL web site. More than 800 packages were sent out nationally. To receive a CD-Rom, which includes a review of the web site and other CLTL materials, e-mail for information: email@example.com.