Criminal Justice Students Collect Books for Prisoners

The CJ 240 class with some of the books collected on campus.

This quarter, Globe students in the CJ 240 Corrections class stepped outside the classroom. The class had been learning about the challenges that the people and organizations managing offenders face in today’s society.

The students set up a special book drive for the Wisconsin Books to Prisoners Project which sends books to prisoners in the state of Wisconsin free of charge.  The project’s hope was to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.

The students placed book deposit boxes around both the Madison East campus and the Madison West campus. After the drive the students dropped the books off at the Rainbow Books in Madison which works closely with the Wisconsin Book to Prisoners Project.

To help the students better understand the correctional system and the types of people who would be receiving the books they collected, the class visited Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, WI.  During their visit, the class toured the facilities seeing all aspects of the inside correctional community including the living units, barracks, visiting area, health services, canteen, laundry, library, recreation field and gymnasium , school and vocational education workshops.

It was an interesting and eye opening experience for the students. Some of them walked away excited about pursuing a career in corrections and others knowing they would rather not.

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