FreeWriters provides inmates in the county jail system with creative writing opportunities that improve mental health, reduce recidivism, and inspire hope about life after incarceration.
To help county jail inmates rediscover their existing aptitudes and aspirations for a future free of incarceration.
- Self-Expression. We believe that creative self-expression fosters self-esteem, hope, and inspiration for a better life.
- Potential. We believe in the dignity and inherent potential of those we serve, and we recognize that our systems have failed many incarcerated individuals far too early and often in their lives.
- Empathy. We believe that fostering empathic connections among inmates through group writing experiences can help relieve the pressure, anxiety, and trauma of incarceration.
- Equity. We believe in providing the affirmation, encouragement, and opportunities that many inmates have never received in a world of systemic disparities.