Inmates at N.H. Women's Prison Learn Braille Transcription

May 24, 2017

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More than a dozen female inmates in New Hampshire are learning how to transcribe textbooks and other materials into Braille as part of a jobs training program.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is teaming up with the state Department of Education and hopes to complete the training by the end of the year, when a new women's prison opens in Concord. Once they learn Braille transcription, the women will transcribe materials from the Department of Education and the American Printing House for the Blind.

The program is part of an effort to give female inmates more work skills. It is one of nearly 30 Braille transcription programs at prisons systems nationwide.

Prison officials say there's a growing need for Braille transcribers in New Hampshire and across the Northeast.