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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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The Storybook Project at Bedford Hills

The Storybook Project at Bedford Hills

(p.98) 17 The Storybook Project at Bedford Hills
Interrupted Life

Beth Falk

June Benson

Amorel Beyor


University of California Press

Storybook projects inside prisons share basic features: inmates select books for their children, record themselves reading the books aloud, and include a personal message to their children. The tapes and books are mailed to the children, who can listen to their parent's voice and follow along as they read. The Storybook Project started in several corrections facilities in the early 1990s; now there are sites in more than twenty states. At the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York, the project is known as Story Corner, one of the facility's most popular parenting programs. Story Corner is a literacy program, a way to strengthen parent-child attachments and an important means of communication between mothers and their children. This chapter describes the Story Book Project at Bedford Hills prison, which encourages incarcerated mothers to record good-night stories on tape, allowing children to hear their mothers' voices reading them to sleep. It presents the narratives of several women who have been participating regularly in Story Corner.

Keywords:   Story Book Project, reading, incarcerated mothers, children, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, parenting programs, Story Corner

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