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Prison Project Information

A program of the Dialogue Center
 
What you Need to Know:
 
  1. This is a volunteer program that asks you to commit 90 minutes to 2 hours a week tutoring inmates at the Northampton County Prison in Easton.
     
  2. Inmates you will be dealing with are lowest security.  They are working on high school equivalency preparation.
     
  3. Entering the prison requires: 
    1. An orientation on site; 
    2. A background check that may take up to two weeks (sometimes longer) before you are cleared to get a photo ID credential.
     
  4. Tutoring hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The Easton public school schedule is followed, and this is relevant to holidays, teacher training and so on.
     
  5. You would provide hours of availability a the beginning of the semester and a schedule will be put together for your one-time-a-week participation; the project depends upon volunteer drivers, who are reimbursed for their mileage.
     
  6. Every effort will be made to coordinate rides for volunteers.  Travel time is 30 minutes each way in addition to tutoring (usually 90 minutes).
     
  7. At the Lehigh information session, prospective volunteers should bring a government issued photo ID.
     
  8. For any questions, contact Dr. Lloyd Steffen at the Dialogue Center—LHS1.