Partakers works to help advance the rehabilitation of inmates and to bridge the divide that separates those inside and outside prison. Through its College Behind Bars mentoring program, inmates build trusting relationships, enhance skills critical to completing a college degree, and significantly increase their chances for success when returning to the community.
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We must accept the reality that to confine offenders behind walls without trying to change them is an expensive folly with short term benefits - winning battles while losing the war.
- Former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger
In prison we are stripped of our humanity and hope; however, when people come in from the outside, their recognition of our humanity gives us hope and keeps us connected to society at large.
The greatest confinement is not behind the walls of concrete and steel but inside the walls of our own prejudices, selfishness, and indifference. Until we tear down those walls, we too are doing time.
Partakers is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization which relies on your contributions.
Partakers is co-founder of the SMART on Crime Coalition, partnering with CJPC - Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, FAMM - Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The League of Women Voters, Massachusetts Chapter, MOAR - Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery, NASW - National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter, and New England Policy Advocates.
Partakers is honored to be listed in The Catalogue for Philanthropy for the year 2002.
About the photograph: Title: The Shackle Photographer: Reginald L. Jackson, Ph.D. Copyright 1976; many images courtesy of Alex Guerrero and Harvard Students for Prison Reform.
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