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Shannon is a third-year graduate student at the University of Delaware pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminology with a focus on addiction and substance use amongst justice-involved individuals. After learning about the Read In Read Out (RIRO) program from a professor, Shannon has been an active volunteer for one year. RIRO allows incarcerated parents to record themselves reading age-appropriate books to their children, which preserves a bond while improving their communication and parenting skills.
According to Shannon, the most rewarding part about volunteering with RIRO is when she witnesses a change in the parent’s mood while being in the program. Helping a parent and child maintain contact is a beautiful experience that requires a very small amount of effort on our part but has many benefits for those involved. She believes that maintaining a meaningful connection between a parent and child should not be added to the already heavy burdens of incarceration. She thinks this continuous contact should be available to all who desire it. In the future, Shannon would love to teach not only in a traditional university setting but also within prisons. She hopes to help reduce recidivism and ensure released prisoners have a healthy transition back into their communities.
Our primary role in Delaware is to offer a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment that encourages and supports the vulnerability of our clients. We listen, amplify, and act to move towards justice for all Delawareans. Click below to learn more about the work we do.