Note: I'm catching up on back articles, so the following post is in reference to an article from Dec. 2020.
A few things stuck out to me about this story -- apart from the overwhelming success of the fundraiser. 1) Some of the Soledad prisoners were mentoring Syon -- then a prep-school student -- at the prison itself. 2) His parents "put in an incredible amount of... gratitude and... trust in us to help mentor their son," according to Jason Bryant, one of the inmates. And 3) it was a reading group which these men/felons/prisoners were all members of, including Syon.
I love this!
However, prisoners are used as a resource and a market for private goods and services i.e. commissary and voice calls. They're also tapped as:
Under reasonable supervision, will prisons themselves permit eligible and re-integrable inmates to mentor incarcerated or unincarcerated youth? Or share their stories with students and the public at schools/colleges/libraries? Asked another way, what will prisons themselves permit eligible and re-integrable inmates to give back to the community and public life that some [might] someday rejoin?
An extended comment on "California Prisoners raises [sic] $30K for High School in Need" (D. Givens)
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her writings and commentaries, including the one on "California Prisoners raises [sic] $30K for High School in Need" by D. Givens, at landturn.com/blog.
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