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Making The Walls Transparent

Absolutely the most creative, innovative, brilliant way to rehabilitate prisoners I've ever come across - and believe me I've been looking. Truly a better way! In 2007, these inmates of a maximum security prison in the Philippine province of Cebu became an instant Internet sensation with the viral video of them dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. “Thriller”, which as of this writing has generated over 23 million views on YouTube, was such a hit that it received mainstream coverage in the Philippines and abroad, even landing in the pages of Time magazine as one of the Top 10 Viral Videos of the year.

1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice!
Video made by :Huron Consulting Services not copyrighted!

Now, the latest footage of the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center is online,
as over a thousand prisoners dance in unison to the song “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.

Can American 'correctional' departments and prison wardens take good ideas like this from other places and incorporate them into our system? I mean, our recidivism rates are well over 50% everywhere. We need a better way. Hey, if it works, it works.

The film at the link below explains how this got started and how surprisingly well this form of rehabilitation works. Kudos to Mr. Garcia, the trainers and the inmates.

When fully developed, this section of MTWT will present MTWT's concept of a model prison, a mini-community that encourages the development of life skills that will serve the person and his society well upon his return.

Because we supposedly incarcerate only the sickest among us, this prison will be a healing place. 

Studies and articles will be included which focus on the mental and physical effects of lighting, color, and sound.

Because so many who are sent to prison never had reason to respect authority, workers in this model prison will be respectable. 

This prison will incorporate studies regarding such issues as continuous outside connections, duties of a parent, solitary confinement, and the importance of family visitation. 

Because punishment alone cannot be a deterent, this prison will incorporate a reward system. 

Because the people who spend time here must rejoin us better than when they went in, the prison will focus on rehabilitation and education. 

Because recidivism rates are over 65% nearly everywhere in this country, this prison model will assume people will return to a society that actually wants to see them make it. 




If you have other ideas or information on a better system than what is currently failing,
Contact MTWT Creator, Kay Lee
2683 Rockcliff Road S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30316-4013