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Curry, Michelle; Jacobi, Tobi – Community Literacy Journal, 2017
Entering jail is an assault on the senses. While volunteers and inmates might share visceral experiences of entering the institution, to enter "into" jail is not the same as being "in" jail. To be "in" is to be monitored--watched and listened to without exception or reprieve. To be in jail is to follow unwritten laws…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Writing (Composition), Writing Workshops
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Jacobi, Tobi – Community Literacy Journal, 2016
This essay argues that while fostering individual and collaborative literacy can indeed promote self-awareness, confidence, and political awareness, the threat of emotional and material retribution is ever-present in jail, making the development of infrastructure challenging. Such reality compels engaged teacher-researchers to develop tactical…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Compliance (Psychology), Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
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Jacobi, Tobi – Community Literacy Journal, 2008
This essay explores the intersection between writing studies and civic engagement through the action projects developed in E465: Prison Literature and Writing. Such literacy activism creates immediate opportunities for advanced undergraduates to more fully understand the work of literacy in contested spaces like jail and extends a call to action…
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Writing Teachers, Writing Instruction, Institutionalized Persons