For most of us reading is a skill we take for granted. For thousands of people in prison, however, reading a letter from home, a job application or a newspaper is simply beyond them.
More than 40 percent of prisoners have literacy skills so low that on release they are ineligible for more than 90 percent of jobs. Those who are unable to read on release will be frustrated in their hopes for a new and different life. Shannon Trust is breaking that cycle with the Shannon Trust Reading Plan, a peer-mentored reading plan that gives prisoners a vital skill and a fresh start in life.