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Literacy Programs in Prison

Nickie Phillips

Dr. Kimora is the Lead Researcher for the Connecting through Literacy: Incarcerated parents, their Children and Caregivers project at Danbury Prison (Connecticut), and a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


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Kimora (2007, Spring).  Education enhances Sing Sing residents.  Garland, TX: Offender Preparation Education Network.

Kimora (2007).  The emerging paradigm in probation and parole in the United States.  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 46, 3/4, 1-11.

Kimora (2007).  Prologue to Violence: Child abuse, dissociation and crime by Abby Stein [book review].  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 42, 1/2, 275-277.

Kimora (2007, February) Providing incentives to offenders in the re-entry process.  Community Corrections Report on Law and Corrections Practice.  Civic Research Institute.

Kimora (2006, December) Enhancing self-esteem of Sing Sing prisoners.  Community Corrections Report on Law and Corrections Practice.  Civic Research Institute.

Kimora (2006, May).  Teaching at Sing Sing has its rewards for professor.  The Advocate.  New York, NY: The Graduate Center.

Kimora (2005, November/December).  The importance of the Hare Psychopathology Checklist—revisited.  Community Corrections Report on Law and Corrections Practice.  Civic Research Institute.

Kimora (2005, Winter).  Cognitive skills aid clients at El Rio.  Insights.  Garland, TX: Offender Preparation Education Network.

Kimora and Hazelbaker, M. (2008, Fall).  The punishment potlatch: A way out.î Insights.  Garland, TX: Offender Preparation Education Network.

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