State program gives inmates their voice back

In New Mexico, the Peer Education Project is giving incarcerated individuals the opportunity to teach their peers. The program – a collaboration between Project ECHO and the New Mexico Corrections Department – has employed around 600 inmates as educators on various health topics, including interpersonal relationships, harm reduction, and the spreading of germs. Underlying this program is the larger goal of giving people in prison leadership experience and decreasing rates of recidivism.

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