ADC Accepts Donation of Spanish-Language Textbooks From Government of Mexico for Inmate Education

July 10, 2014

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

 

1601 W. JEFFERSON
PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007
(602) 542-3133

www.azcorrections.gov

 

 

JANICE K. BREWER
GOVERNOR

CHARLES L. RYAN
DIRECTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

 

For more information contact:
Doug Nick
[email protected]
Bill Lamoreaux
[email protected]

 

(TUCSON) Thursday, July 10, 2014 – The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) today accepted the donation of approximately 1,600 Spanish-language textbooks from the government of Mexico. The texts are being distributed to ADC prisons statewide for inmate use in prison education libraries.

The books were presented to the ADC by the Consul General of Mexico, Ambassador Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, at a ceremony this morning at the state prison complex in Tucson.

Corrections Director Charles Ryan stated: “This donation goes beyond generosity.  It addresses a fundamental need for this department, because books of this kind are an essential part of helping every inmate get an education.

In a typical month, approximately 6,000 ADC inmates are enrolled in some form of educational program such as functional literacy, career and technical education, special education or high school equivalency.

This is in addition to the tremendous amount of programming we provide to address substance abuse issues, promote self-improvement, and help inmates develop job skills that will help them become productive and law-abiding members of society when they’re released.  But without an educational foundation, inmates will not be able to make progress toward that goal.

A significant portion of our inmates speak Spanish as their primary or only language, and it’s important that they have the resources they need in order to fulfill their responsibility to get an education.

This donation represents the best kind of partnership between two countries because it meets a substantial need and it will get tangible results.”

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