We are building a consortium of librarians and educators from correctional institutions to increase the use of off-line digital education resources in our innovative Corrections Off-Line Education Platform, creating a whole host of opportunities to improve rehabilitation and reduce recidivism for millions in the U.S. prison system.

Individuals or organizations may not be able to afford to set up, staff, and sustain a platform to produce community or culturally congruent collections. However, they can do so cooperatively and, with the help of volunteers, build collections that have a broader impact beyond their distinct communities.

With the help of a community with whom we have worked for many years — state correctional institutions — we will identify the scope, needs, and capabilities of our partners. We will develop prototype governance, communication, and development tools as we clarify goals and projects that meet the needs of a wide variety of correctional institutions.

Click to see the COEP Consortia members and staff.

If you are interested in joining us, please email Whitney Clarke at wclarke@widernet.org