Literacy Mission to Provide Educational Videos to Prison

July 11, 1996

WACO, Texas - The Baptist Literacy Missions Center at Baylor University has teamed with the Huntsville Chaplaincy Department to provide educational videos for prisoners in administrative segregation, previously known as solitary confinement.

According to Jim Young, chaplaincy regional coordinator for the Texas Department of Corrections, Huntsville Prison recently changed its procedures for prisoners in administrative segregation, allowing each prisoner to have a television monitor in his cell block for use six to eight hours per day. In the past, prisoners took turns watching one television located in a community room for one hour daily.

The Literacy Missions Center at Baylor, which is a joint project of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) and Baylor, already has provided Huntsville with two videos designed to assist students in preparing for the General Educational Development (GED) tests and plans to provide additional videos on learning to read, English as a second language and the Bible.

"This is an unbelievable opportunity to impact these prisoners personally, economically and spiritually, we hope," said Maurine Frost, coordinator of Baylor's Literacy Missions Center. "This can make a difference in reducing the crime rate, helping the employment rate and strengthening families, because these prisoners will have gone through some training rather than no education at all."

The Literacy Missions Center is exploring various avenues in obtaining additional videos for Huntsville. "We have contacted the Church Ministries Department at the BGCT and they are anxious to help get videos together," Frost said. "We are interested in educational materials, but also want to find videos dealing with family values."

For more information, contact Frost at (817) 755-3854.

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