WI denies Shakespeare behind bars

Prisoners Study and Perform Shakespeare"The Department of Corrections has rejected a proposal to restart a Shakespeare Behind Bars program that operated successfully in a Racine prison for four years," reports WI Public Radio.

While DOC officials claim there is no evidence the plays reduce recidivism, director Dr. Jonathan Shailor disagrees.  If DOC's criterion of "evidence-based practice" was applied to all prison activities, then the prison's softball games and poetry readings would also be cancelled, he says.  Moreover, 80% of the inmates at Racine Correctional Institution were not involved in education programs last year, even though there is overwhelming evidence that education in prison leads to lower rates of recidivism.