Prison Writes provides therapeutic writing workshops for detained, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Prison Writes mission is to address the trauma leading to incarceration as well as trauma caused by incarceration in order for individuals in the criminal justice system to have real opportunities for successful rehabilitation and re-entry.
America spends $80 billion a year incarcerating over 2 million people.
Using writing for advocacy, literacy development and therapeutic purposes can help people process and cope with the trauma of incarceration and reintegrate into their communities in healthy and productive ways. Our model combines social work methodology and values with professional writers and writing teachers to bring dynamic, engaging and multidimensional workshops offering participants rich opportunities for personal growth, healing and resilience.
We are currently working with government and non-governmental agencies to bring our workshops to people who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Emma Goldman-Sherman (left) with Jessica Hall (right), the Executive Director of Prison Writes
Jessica Hall, the Executive Director of Prison Writes, has worked directly with at risk youth in New York City for over twenty years. She has conducted intergenerational oral history projects with public school students and memoir writing with court involved youth. Jessica received her BA in Political Science from Brooklyn College graduating CumLaude. She graduated with honors with her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work in NYC with a focus on Community Organizing. Jessica is a licensed social worker.