Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Inmate finds transcribing books for blind 'gratifying'

posted by Blake

The Tucson Citizen Has A Look at some inmates doing some good. Eleven inmates in the Winchester Unit, which houses sex offenders, are involved in the program, said correctional officer Eric Douglass, who supervises the program. So far this year, Douglass said, the inmates have transcribed 53 books - 35,107 pages in Braille - and proofread 41 books - 30,643 pages in Braille. Inmates volunteer for the program, but there are few openings because of space limitations and because it's one of the most-coveted jobs for inmates. It's indoors and pays 50 cents an hour - top pay in prison. But it's not easy.

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