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Promoting Literacy: Read to Me Program at Red Rock Helps Keep Families Connected

CoreCivic | 11/18/21 8:00 AM

November is National Family Literacy Month, so it's a perfect time to share one of the ways CoreCivic helps incarcerated individuals stay connected with their kids using the power of books. At CoreCivic's Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, inmates can join a program known as "Read to Me."

Through the program, dads read books to their kids on video, making a DVD their children receive in the mail along with the book and a handwritten message. The children can then follow along while their parent reads and interacts with them, helping them stay connected while also encouraging them to read.

When an inmate at Red Rock named Joshua heard about the program, he jumped at the opportunity to record a video for his son and daughter.

"I don't want my kids to make the same mistakes that I have and I want a better life for them," he said.

WATCH how Joshua's children reacted to the DVD and learn more about the program.

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Topics: Reducing Recidivism