Hugh Chris Brown
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Pros and Cons: Building meaningful programming in correctional institutions
The Pros and Cons Prison Music Program was initiated as a response to the closure of the agricultural programs in Canadian prisons, and from the outset was run with the intention of serving a population that was not only lacking in resources, but was also being actively marginalized.
My experiences have led me to understand many sensitivities of working with convicts, and the ways in which conflict and politicization can be avoided.
I have also learned that it is of great advantage to create tools for inmates. Your work can have a multiplier effect by means of open source learning, and the focusing of otherwise neglected energies of those behind bars. (Let me distinguish that last sentence from the use of inmates for capital gain, which is otherwise known as slavery) We are interested in humans building skill and a knowledge base that can help them be more self-determined, making choices of better service to themselves and their societies, inside and outside of institutions.
The three videos shown hear discuss three major aspects of building meaningful programming in correctional institutions:
Part One: Getting Inside
Part Two: The Music Process
Part Three: The Legacy Effect
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