Sometimes the men best suited to help those headed for trouble are the people serving time for making the same mistakes, says the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record. “It happens,” said criminologist David Kennedy of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. It is happening with more than 40 inmates at Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in New York State.
Young Men Inc. is an inmate organization that helps nonprofit groups, churches, and social service agencies connect with the youth most hard to reach. Robert Yearwood, 34, who is serving a five-year sentence, said that, “Ninety-nine percent of crimes committed by ex-offenders is for money. That’s why we have to give ex-offenders marketable skills and a decent way to earn money.” Otisville Warden Craig Apker said that because the program is run by the most respected inmates, younger prisoners pay attention.