Twice a month or so, I teach parenting classes to the pre-release inmates at Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP). Dubbed "Castle on the Cumberland," KSP is a foreboding structure with a majestic view situated on the shores of Lake Barkley. Kentucky State Penitentiary houses around 850 men, including 32 on Kentucky's only Death Row. The Castle was constructed over 100 years ago using locally quarried limestone and primarily inmate labor.
Participants of the classes I teach are nearing a release date or a parole date. The curriculum focuses on reacclimating into society in the role of "parent". The majority of the guys I work with are drug offenders. Statistically speaking, 82% are high school drop outs, over half are minorities, and most are classified as being from a poverty background raised by a single parent. Over 60% are repeat offenders. It is my desire to aide the participants in breaking the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and recidivism by assisting these parents with understanding of the importance of education.
My life is what I make it. I want to make it count. Life is beautiful and so is the view from KSP!