So let's counter all of that media-manufactured panic with a little good news. How about this one from the Chicago Tribune that tells of a group of prison inmates who have learned enough Braille to be able to translate school books that will be used at the Indiana School for the Blind. This sounds like one of those win-win ideas that other states might want to think about implementing for themselves.
The men work on small blue typewriters, putting together a series of raised dots that blind children can read later.Anything that can save money for the taxpayers who support the prison system, benefit a group of kids who are having to work a little harder than most of us to gain an education, and build the self-respect of some prison inmates has to be a good thing.
Royce, 38, was convicted of rape when he was 18 years old. He has 12 more years before his sentence is up, but he looks forward to using his Braille skills once he is released from prison.
"I can't undo what I did," he said. "But now I have the opportunity to do something positive and good for other people."
The project will provide textbooks and other education materials for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The project aims to give inmates a chance to learn a skill and help the community -- while providing the school for the blind with cheaper books than those available through Braille companies.
"The savings will be astronomical," said Robert Eutz, a contractor for the school for the blind.