Our impact on the national social justice conversation

The work and words of Words Beyond Bars founder, Karen Lausa, featured by The Marshall Project.

The words and work of our Founder, as featured by The Marshall Project

My heart was beating fast. I threw off my sweater — suddenly I was feeling very warm. And then I read this line in my

Write Nights - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Read and respond to the poetry of people who are incarcerated, literally “on the same page.”

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Overwhelming response and support for our reader's reflection papers at November 15 event

Our participants at Sterling Correctional Facility read and wrote reflection papers on, CITIZEN: An American Lyric, written by Claudia Rankine. Over 3000 people were in attendance and had the opportunity to read their thoughts on the book.

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About the Program

About the Program

Educational programming is in strong demand in correctional facilities, and our book discussion program changes lives. Motivating readers through group interaction builds literacy skills and confidence.

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We always need books! Small communities of readers work best. Deep thinking. Transformative discussion. New way of looking at life. Second chances. Better choices.

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