Governor Bush Just Read Florida! Initiative Provides Impetus for Prison Program
Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Moore lauded the Governor's Just Read Florida! initiative as the impetus for the department's Tutor Training Program.
"We know that education level directly affects recidivism rates," Moore said. "When offenders get out of prison, we want them to stay out of prison, and our Tutor Training Program is one tool we use to increase that likelihood."
Modeled after Just Read Florida! the Tutor Training Program was started as a pilot project at Wakulla Correctional Institution. Moore said inmates with high school diplomas, GEDs, or a 11.0 minimum grade level are trained in basic literacy tutoring methods. He said during the five-week training program, inmate tutors learn how to screen students, monitor progress, and evaluate the effectiveness of the tutoring instruction. In addition, they learn how to work with students with disabilities.
Moore said the success of the program at Wakulla has led the department to expand the program to Hardee Correctional Institution. A program soon will begin at Hamilton Annex.
"We now have 120 inmates trained as corrections tutors," Moore said. "We hope to train 1000 inmates and expand literacy services to the numerous inmates who are below functional literacy levels. This is not only an outstanding program in that it teaches inmates to be independent readers, but it also gives the inmate tutors a sense of accomplishment."
Moore said approximately 240 inmates benefit from this program with direct one-on-one instruction.