by Dortell Williams
In 2021 Kenthy Porter and an associate were on Facility-B formulating the Literacy Support Network (LSN), an education-based program that is designed to connect peer learners with mentors and teachers.
With the nod of the prison administration and the Education Department, LSN was approved on Facility-B and thrives. It was upon Mr. Porter’s transfer to Facility-C that we met and hit it off.
I was in the final stages of developing what became the Chuckwalla Community for Change (CCC), a 12-week self-development course. Our ideas for self-determination in rehabilitation actually complimented each other. While the LSN concentrates on academics, CCC focuses on personal transformation through cognitive behavioral intervention modalities.
LSN is life/employment prep., complimented by amends. LSN supports basic reading and writing — for English and English as a second language speakers.
CCC offers, among others, emotional intelligence, pro-social thinking, (including amends), and effective communication.
These peer support courses make prison more peaceful, and society safer when we inevitably return to society.