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Guidelines for Starting and Operating Prison Braille Programs
This website provides an excellent resource for correctional facilities looking to create and implement an on-site braille program. “Although nationwide data on the recidivism rates of offenders who have participated in prison braille programs has not yet been gathered, anecdotal reports indicate that an estimated 0%-3% of offenders who participated in a prison braille program for at least two years and were released have returned to prison … In addition to providing information on how to start and operate prison braille programs, this booklet offers insight on why these programs should be considered as effective programs to both produce braille and rehabilitate offenders.” These guidelines are divided into four parts: Part 1—Setting the Stage; Part 2—Blindness and Braille; Part 3—Starting and Operating; and Part 4—Reentry as a Braille Transcriber. Additional appendixes provide a wealth of information including: Checklist for Starting a Prison Braille Program; Standard Equipment and Supplies; Sample Braille and Lead Braille Transcriber Job Descriptions; sample promotion flyer; Braille Production Job Specifications Form; Braille Production Cost Estimate Form; and Sample Rules for a Prison Braille Program.