“Hit the Gate, Standing Straight”

Not everyone who works in a prison is a correctional officer. Today, Diane’s brother-in-law Irl will share memories of his ten years in the California prison system as a teacher and education administrator. He’ll talk about what it’s like to walk the yards and tiers of a maximum-security facility as “free staff”, connecting with inmates who want to learn and assisting many with their mandated access to legal resources. You’ll also hear about the role of education in helping to reduce recidivism (reoffending). In this potentially explosive environment, the goal is to “do your eight, hit the gate, hope you’re standing up straight.”