The arts encourage better communication, lower racial tension, and improved relationships.
Participation in arts programs improves inmates’ ability to understand their own emotions, feel safe expressing themselves, and communicate effectively, all key factors in rehabilitation. Participants also report lowered racial tension and improved relationships with each other and with guards.
Brewster, L., William James Association, & California Lawyers for the Arts. (2017). Arts-in-Corrections: County Jails Project [Electronic version]. California Lawyers for the Arts. Retrieved 25 February 2018 from calawyersforthearts.org/uploads/2/1/4/4/21445988/clacountyjailsprojectreportjanuary2017.pdf