At an upcoming forum, a panel of adult literacy experts will discuss the importance of reading skills in helping prisoners make the transition back into society.
“Adult Literacy, Incarceration and Re-Entry: A Public Forum on the Connections Between Adult Literacy, Incarceration and Successful Re-Entry into the Community” will be held on Thursday, July 31 from 9 to 10:30 am at the PNC Bank located at 800 17th St NW, in the 12th floor conference room.
Speakers will include Denise Rolark Barnes of the Washington Informer; Cedric Hendricks of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency; Jesse Janetta of the Urban Institute; Tara Libert of the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop; Jaleh Soroui of American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Charles Thornton of the Office on Returning Citizens Affairs.
The Academy of Hope, a non-profit organization that prepares adults to obtain GEDs and external diplomas, and is scheduled to become a charter school this fall, is staging the forum. A light breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 am.