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2004
Prison Braille Program Directory

Prison Braille Program
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American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

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For more information, contact:

Nancy Lacewell
Director of Government and Community Affairs

Rebecca Snider
Public Affairs Administrative Assistant

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Phone (502) 895-2405
Toll Free (800) 223-1839
Fax (502) 899-2363
Email: nlacewell@aph.org
rsnider@aph.org
© Copyright 2004 American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

Introduction

There are currently over 20 braille production facilities operating in state and federal prisons across the United States. They are designed to help address a national shortage of braille materials for people who are blind, and to provide educational and job training opportunities for inmates.

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) began gathering information about prison braille programs in 2000, and conducted a national survey in 2002. Baseline information for this directory was collected in that survey. Although many listings have been updated in recent months, the reader is advised to contact individual prison braille programs for possible changes in data.

It is our intention to update this directory periodically, and to provide it electronically on request. If you have information to add or change, please complete the appropriate categories in the "information update" sheet provided in this booklet and send it to us. There may be prison braille programs of which we are not yet aware, or some data may need to be corrected or updated.

APH has produced two other publications related to braille transcription and prison production facilities that may be of interest. They are available, free of charge, through the APH Public Affairs Department. See contact information on the back of this directory.

Prison Braille Programs: The Inside Scoop

This 16-page booklet describes the purpose and roles of prison braille programs, key challenges, rehabilitative value, and a profile of inmate transcribers. Information is also provided on program management, production capacity and target customers.

Braille Transcription: Getting Started

This brochure explains the growing need for braille transcription, the certification process, salary ranges, and contact information for potential employers of braille transcribers. It is designed for anyone interested in exploring a career in braille transcription, but may be particularly helpful for inmate transcribers who are nearing parole and want to continue producing braille "on the outside."

Nancy Lacewell
Director of Government Public Affairs and Community Affairs

Rebecca Snider
Administrative Assistant

This directory is available in accessible media, as are all other APH publications.

Using This Directory

Program Services Chart

A program chart, including table of contents, is located on pages 6 and 7. Prisons with active braille production facilities are listed in alphabetical order by state. The chart also gives a quick overview of each program, indicating services provided and qualifications of transcribers. For more detailed information, see individual listings.

Prison Security Level

Braille programs operate in prisons of minimum, medium, and maximum security levels. Security levels are noted in the individual prison listings.

Program Contact Person

Status of Program

This directory profiles currently active braille programs only, and each is categorized in one of the following three areas:

  1. Building -- Inmates are in the initial phase of learning braille, tactile graphics, and textbook formatting.

  2. Producing -- Program has transcribers who have been certified by the National Library Services of the Library of Congress and are producing and distributing braille materials.

  3. Rebuilding -- Program was producing braille at one time, but was discontinued for some reason. Effort is being made to retrain inmates so production can be resumed. Status can change to "producing" at any time.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Network

Located in Louisville, Kentucky, APH has been in the business of producing braille materials since 1858. As it cannot meet all of the braille needs across the country, and there is currently a critical shortage of qualified transcribers, APH has developed several databases designed to connect producers and consumers, and to eliminate duplication effort.

For more information on each of the following programs, access the APH website at www.aph.org

LOUIS Database of Accessible Materials

Named for Louis Braille, this APH database contains thousands of titles of materials that have been made accessible to the blind or visually impaired in braille, large print, sound recordings, and computer files. Although accessed primarily by people who are blind or visually impaired, the database is often used by teachers, parents, and other professionals working with blind and visually impaired students. They search LOUIS to determine if the materials they need are available in the appropriate media. If so, they can order a copy from the producer.

The LOUIS database is intended to provide easy access to materials in alternate media, and to eliminate duplicative production efforts. Over 170 agencies across the U. S. producing accessible materials list their titles on LOUIS and search this database regularly. All prison braille programs are encouraged to use the LOUIS database, both to list their materials and to make sure the materials they plan to transcribe are not already offered in braille. Use of the LOUIS database is free of charge and open to anyone.

Accessible Media Producers (AMP)

AMP is also a database maintained by APH. It includes a listing of individuals and agencies across the country that produce braille, large print, sound recordings, and computer braille files, along with their contact information. The database is accessed by individuals and agencies who need materials in one or more of these accessible formats. Prison braille programs are encouraged to include a listing in AMP to market their braille services, both within their state and nationwide. An on-line registration form is available through the APH website.

APH File Repository

This repository contains complete braille textbook files (ready for embossing) and complete publisher textbook files (ready for editing and translation). All braille transcribers (individuals and agencies) are encouraged to submit files for the repository. APH is currently paying non-profit agencies with NLS certified braille transcribers $50 for each textbook file submitted. Files must be of textbooks below college level, and copyrighted post 1993.

Files can only be downloaded from the repository by APH Ex Officio Trustees and by non-profit braille producers (such as prison braille programs). At the present time, APH charges $25 to download each complete file, and the file can be used as many times as the producer wishes. Registration for the file repository can be completed on-line. When a prison braille program receives an order to transcribe a print textbook into braille, the file repository should always be checked to see if the book has already been transcribed. If so, downloading the file will greatly expedite the production process since data entry and/or scanning can be eliminated.

Prison Braille Listserv

This listserv, operated through the APH Public Affairs Department, offers professionals working with prison braille programs a means of communication about issues unique to these programs. Professionals in the fields of corrections, education, vision, and others directly involved with prison braille programs are encouraged to join the listserv network.

To join, send an email to: aphprisonbraille-request@iglou.com Write only the word "hello" on the subject line. In the body of the email, write only: subscribe aphprisonbraille@iglou.com. Do not send your signature (if you have one).

Prison Braille Programs

Table of Contents:
Current Prison Braille Program Participants

Arkansas

Wrightsville Unit

Prison Address: 84 Hwy 386
Mailing Address: PO Box 1000
City/State/Zip: Wrightsville AR 72183-1000
Prison Phone: 501-897-5806
Prison Fax: 501-897-5716
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 650
Prison Security Level: Minimum-maximum

Contact Information

External Contact Person: Jim Adams
Title: State Coordinator
Educational Services for the Visually Impaired
Organization: Arkansas School for the Blind
Address: 2600 W Markham
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Little Rock AR 72205
Phone: 501-835-5448
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax:
Email: jadams@asb.k12.ar.us

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille
Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Wrightsville Braille and Large Print Project
Braille Phone: 501-897-2987
Braille Fax: 501-897-5716
Status of Program: Rebuilding
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Prison facility
Year Program Began: 1984
Number of Inmates in Program:
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 25
Customers: Arkansas School for the Blind
Promotional Material Available: Printed material

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 10
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: Yes
Audio Recording: No

California

Folsom State Prison

Prison Address: 300 Prison Rd
Mailing Address: PO Box 6422
City/State/Zip: Folsom CA 95763-6422
Prison Phone: 916-351-3032
Prison Fax:
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 3500
Prison Security Level: Minimum-maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Robert Schmitz
Title: Program Supervisor
Organization: Folsom Project for the Visually Impaired
Address: PO Box 6422
City/State/Zip: Folsom CA 95763-6422
Phone: 916-351-3032
Alt Phone:
Fax:
Email:

External Contact Person: Ann Kelt
Title: Braille Formatter/Teacher
Organization: California Department of Education
Address: 514 Freya Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Phone: 925-682-4734
Alt Phone:
Fax: 925-682-0101
Email:

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: Yes
Prison Braille
Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Folsom Project for the Visually Impaired
Braille Phone: 916-351-3032
Braille Fax:
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Non-profit corporation
Year Program Began: 1989
Number of Inmates in Program: 20
Number of Inmates Since Beginning:
Customers: CA Department of Education (CSMT); CA Community; private and public agencies
Promotional Material Available: Two videos

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 15
Nemeth: 2
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: Yes

Colorado

Federal Correctional Institute, Work Camp

Prison Address: 5880 State Hwy 67 South
Mailing Address: PO Box 5000
City/State/Zip: Florence CO 81226
Prison Phone: 719-784-9100
Prison Fax: 719-784-9504
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison:
Prison Security Level: Minimum

Contact Information

External Contact Person: Lucia Hasty
Title:
Organization:
Address: 1215 La Paloma Way
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Colorado Springs CO 80906
Phone: 719-577-4710
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax:
Email: lhasty2@earthlink.net

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille
Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Federal Correctional Institute, Work Camp
Braille Phone:
Braille Fax:
Status of Program: Rebuilding
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: Federal
Operated By: Prison facility
Year Program Began: 1998
Number of Inmates in Program: 12
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 35-40 (prison & work camp)
Customers:
Promotional Material Available:

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 2
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: No
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: No

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: No

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Connecticut

Cheshire State Prison

Prison Address: 900 Highland Ave
N Block 5 and 6
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Cheshire CT 06410-1648
Prison Phone: 203-250-2600
Prison Fax: 203-271-3973
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1350
Prison Security Level: Maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Scott Hadlock
Title:
Organization: Cheshire State Prison
Address: 900 Highland Ave
N Block 5 and 6
City/State/Zip: Cheshire CT 06410-1648
Phone: 203-250-2600 ext 2053

External Contact Person: To be named
Title:
Organization: Children's Services Dept
Board of Education and Services for the Blind
Address: 184 Windsor Ave
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Windsor CT 06095
Phone: 860-602-4170
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax:
Email:

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille
Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Cheshire Prison Program
Braille Phone:
Braille Fax:
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Prison vocational education
Year Program Began: 1990
Number of Inmates in Program: 22
Number of Inmates Since Beginning:
Customers: Connecticut students (exclusively)
Promotional Material Available: None at this time

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 22
Nemeth: 3 trainees
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: No

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Delaware

Delaware Correctional Center

Prison Address: 1181 Paddock Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Smyrna DE 19977
Prison Phone: 302-653-9261
Prison Fax:
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 2500
Prison Security Level: Maximum

Contact Information

External Contact Person: Ann Hitchcock
Title: Volunteer Service Administrator 2
Organization: Division of Visually Impaired Materials Center
Address: Cornell Business Park
300 Cornell Dr Suite A3
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Wilmington DE 19801
Phone: 302-577-2083
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax: 302-577-2078
Email: ahitchcock@state.de.us

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: Yes
Prison Braille Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Men with a Message
Braille Phone: None
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Delaware Correctional Center and Division for the Visually Impaired
Year Program Began: 1989
Number of Inmates in Program: 13
Number of Inmates Since Beginning:
Customers: Division for the Visually Impaired; other materials centers on occasion
Promotional Material Available: Print material

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 10
Nemeth: 2
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 1
Nemeth: 1

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes

Braille Production Embossing: No
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: Yes
Audio Recording: No

Georgia

Men's State Prison

Prison Address: Lawrence Road
Mailing Address: PO Box 396
City/State/Zip: Hardwick GA 31034
Prison Phone: 912-445-4702
Prison Fax: 912-445-4223
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 650
Prison Security Level: Medium

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Pat Lehn
Title:
Organization: Georgia Department of Corrections
Address: East Tower Number 2 ML King Jr Dr
Suite 852
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Atlanta GA 30334
Phone: 404-651-9488
Fax: 404-656-4819
Email: lehnp00@dcor.state.ga.us

External Contact Person: Jim Downs
Title: Technical Services Specialist
Organization: Georgia Instructional Materials Center
Address: 528 Forest Pkwy Suite C
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Forest Park GA 30297
Phone: 404-362-2024
Fax: 404-608-2559
Email: jdowns@doe.k12.ga.us

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: Yes
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: Georgia Braille Production and Training Project
Braille Phone:
Braille Fax:
Status of Program: Building
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Vocational Education Workforce Development Unit
Year Program Began: 2002
Number of Inmates in Program: 7
Number of Inmates Since Beginning:
Customers: Local schools
Promotional Material Available: None at this time

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 5
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: No

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Iowa

Anamosa State Penitentiary

Prison Address: 406 N High St
Mailing Address: PO Box 4304
City/State/Zip: Anamosa IA 52205
Prison Phone: 800-332-7922
Prison Fax: 800-741-0390
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1250
Prison Security Level: Medium-maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Lennie Miller
Title: State Industry Senior Tech
Organization: Iowa Prison Industry
Address: 406 N High St
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Anamosa IA 52205
Phone: 800-332-7922
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax: 800-741-0390
Email: teresaenglbart@iastind.st

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: Anamosa Braille Center
Braille Phone: 800-332-7922
Braille Fax:
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Corrections industry
Year Program Began: 1992
Number of Inmates in Program: 10
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 70
Customers: Iowa Department for the Blind; out-of-state agencies
Promotional Material Available: In revision

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 6
Nemeth: 1
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Kentucky

Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women

Prison Address: 3000 Ash Ave
Mailing Address: PO Box 337
City/State/Zip: Pewee Valley KY 40056
Prison Phone: 502-241-8454
Prison Fax: 502-241-0372
Number of Inmates in Prison: 700
Prison Security Level: Minimum-maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Dave Maynard
Title: KC Industries Mgr, KCIW
Organization: KC Industries
Address: 3000 Ash Ave
Mailing Address: PO Box 449
City/State/Zip: Pewee Valley KY 40056
Phone: 502-241-8454 ext 2318
Alt Phone: 502-241-8454 ext 2294
Fax: 502-241-0942
Email: Dave.Maynard@mail.state.ky.us

External Contact Person: Nancy Lacewell
Title: Director, Government and Community Affairs
Organization: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Address: 1839 Frankfort Ave
Mailing Address: PO Box 1839
City/State/Zip: Louisville KY 40206
Phone: 502-895-2405 ext 339/356
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Fax: 502-899-2363
Email: nlacewell@aph.org

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: KCI Braille Services
Braille Phone: None
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Female
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Corrections industry
Year Program Began: 2000
Number of Inmates in Program: 14
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 19
Customers: Beginning to work for APH
Promotional Material Available: Brochure

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 10
Nemeth: 2 trainees
Music: 0

Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: Yes
Audio Recording: No

Kentucky

Federal Medical Center -- Lexington

Prison Address: 3301 Leestown Rd
City/State/Zip: Lexington KY 40511-8799
Prison Phone: 859-255-6812
Prison Fax: 859-253-8821
Number of Inmates in Prison: 2050
Prison Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Internal Contact
Organization: Federal Medical Center -- Lexington
Address: 3301 Leestown Rd
City/State/Zip: Lexington KY 40511-8799
Internal Contact Person 1: Anne Mary Carter
Associate Warden
Phone: 859-255-6812 ext 400
Email: amcarter@bop.gov

Internal Contact Person 2: Shane Bullock
Supervisor of Education
Phone: 859-255-6812
Email: sbullock@bop.gov

Internal Contact Person 3: Catherine M Leslie
Program Supervisor
Phone: 859-255-6812 ext 208
Email: cmleslie@bop.gov

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: FMC Braille Program
Braille Phone: 859-255-6819 ext 206/208
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Building
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: Federal
Operated By: Prison education
Year Program Began: 1995
Number of Inmates in Program: 31
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 43
Customers: APH; in state orders only
Promotional Material Available: In development

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 4
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: No

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: No

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Massachusetts

Bay State Correctional Facility

Prison Address: 28 Clark St
Mailing Address: PO Box 73
City/State/Zip: Norfolk MA 02056
Prison Phone: 508-668-1687
Prison Fax:
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 300
Prison Security Level: Medium

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Matthew Chao
Title: Instructor
Organization: Bay State Correctional Facility
Address: ATTN: Braille Production Shop
Mailing Address: 28 Clark St
City/State/Zip: Norfolk MA 02056
Phone: 508-668-1687 ext 171
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax:
Email: mchao@world.std.com

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: Braille Production Shop
Braille Phone: 508-668-1687 ext 171
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Corrections industries and corrections education
Year Program Began: 1992
Number of Inmates in Program: 7
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 20
Customers: Vision Resource Library, Massachusetts Department of Education
Promotional Material Available: Yes

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: No

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Michigan

G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility

Prison Address: 3500 N Elm Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Jackson MI 49201-8887
Prison Phone: 517-780-5000
Prison Fax:
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1850
Prison Security Level: Minimum-maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person 1: Francelia Wonders
Title: Executive Director, COO
Organization: Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
Address: 3500 N Elm Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Jackson MI 49201
Phone: 517-780-5096
Alt Phone: 734-994-4320
Fax: 734-668-1094
Email: francelia.wonders@worldnet.att.net

Internal Contact Person 2: Cindy Olmstead
Title:
Organization: Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
Address: 3500 N Elm Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Jackson MI 49201
Phone: 517-780-5096
Fax: 734-668-1094
Email:

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
Braille Phone: None
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Non-profit corporation
Year Program Began: 1962
Number of Inmates in Program: 34
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 300
Customers: School districts, both foreign and domestic
Promotional Material Available: Print materials

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 16
Nemeth: 4
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 2
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Minnesota

Federal Correctional Institution

Prison Address: 1000 University Dr SW
Mailing Address: PO Box 1731
City/State/Zip: Waseca MN 56093-0741
Prison Phone: 507-835-8972
Prison Fax: 507-837-4581
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1050
Prison Security Level: Minimum

Contact Information

External Contact Person: Linda Horton
Title:
Organization: Services for the Blind
Address: 2225 Folwell Dr SW
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Rochester MN 55902
Phone: 507-280-6108
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax:
Email: LindaHorto@cs.com

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: No name listed
Braille Phone: 507-835-8972
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: Federal
Operated By: Prison education
Year Program Began: 1998
Number of Inmates in Program: 5
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 30
Customers: Braille Center, Services for the Blind, Minnesota
Promotional Material Available:

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 1
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: No
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: No

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Nebraska

Nebraska State Penitentiary

Prison Address: 14th and Pioneers Blvd
Mailing Address: PO Box 2500
City/State/Zip: Lincoln NE 68502
Prison Phone: 402-471-3161
Prison Fax: 402-873-3463
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1000
Prison Security Level: Medium-maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Dominic Inzodda
Title: Shop Operator
Organization: Prose and Cons Braille Unit
Address: 800 Pioneers Blvd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Lincoln NE 68502
Phone: 402-471-3161 ext 3373
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax: 402-471-3472
Email:

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: Prose and Cons Braille Unit
Braille Phone: 402-471-3161 ext 337
Braille Fax: 402-471-3472
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Corrections industry
Year Program Began: 1980
Number of Inmates in Program: 31
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 175
Customers: School systems
Promotional Material Available: Print material

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 16
Nemeth: 2
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: No
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: Yes
Audio Recording: No

Nevada

Southern Desert Correctional Center

Prison Address: Cold Creek Rd
Mailing Address: PO Box 208
City/State/Zip: Indian Springs NV 89018-0208
Prison Phone: 702-486-3888 ext 381/382
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1600
Prison Security Level: Medium

Contact Information

External Contact Person 1: Jane Hollowood
Title: Braillist
Organization: Vision Services
Clark County School District
Address: 2831 Palomino Ln
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Las Vegas NV 89107
Phone: 702-799-2780/2756
Alt Phone: 702-486-3888 ext 381/382
Fax: 702-799-2756
Email:

External Contact Person 2: Brenda Barran
Title: Braillist
Organization: Vision Services
Clark County School District
Address: 2831 Palomino Ln
City/State/Zip: Las Vegas NV 89107
Phone: 702-799-2780/2756
Alt Phone: 702-486-3888 ext 381/382
Fax: 702-799-2756
Email:

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: Spring Mountain Braille'rs
Braille Phone: 702-799-2780/2756
Braille Fax: 702-799-0302
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Prison education
Year Program Began: 1988
Number of Inmates in Program: 20
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 200
Customers: Clark County School District
Promotional Material Available: Print material

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 16
Nemeth: 3
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 1
Nemeth: 1

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: Yes
Audio Recording: No

Ohio

Grafton Correctional Institution

Prison Address: 2500 S Avon-Beldon Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Grafton, OH 44044
Prison Phone: 440-748-1161
Prison Fax: 440-748-1130
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1400
Prison Security Level: Minimum-medium

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Charles Mason
Title: Braille Supervisor/Job Coordinator
Organization: Grafton Correctional Institution
Address: 2500 S Avon-Beldon Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Grafton OH 44044
Phone: 440-748-1161 ext 275
Alt Phone: 440-748-1161 ext 368/275
Toll Free:
Fax: 440-748-1130
Email:

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Grafton Correctional Institution Braille Program
Braille Phone: 440-748-1161 ext 275/368
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Prison community service
Year Program Began: 1991
Number of Inmates in Program: 33
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 109
Customers: Ohio: individuals, vision centers, Lions Clubs, some other states
Promotional Material Available: Being developed

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 26
Nemeth: 9
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: Yes
Audio Recording: No

South Carolina

Leath Correctional Facility

Prison Address: 2809 Airport Rd
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Greenwood SC 29649
Prison Phone: 803-896-1000
Prison Fax:
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison:
Prison Security Level: Maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Cheryl Peduzzi
Title: Braille Program Supervisor
Organization: Leath Correctional Facility
Address: 2809 Airport Rd
City/State/Zip: Greenwood SC 29649
Phone: 803-896-1050
Alt Phone:
Fax: 803-896-1095
Email: PeduzziCheryl@doc.state.sc.us

External Contact Person: Jill Ischinger
Title: Instructional Resource
Center Coordinator
Organization: South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind
Address: 355 Cedar Springs Rd
City/State/Zip: Spartanburg SC 29302
Phone: 864-577-7731
Alt Phone:
Toll Free: 888-447-2732
Fax:
Email: jischinger@scsdb.k12.sc.us

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: South Carolina Braille
Production Center
Braille Phone: 803-896-1050
Braille Fax:
Status of Program: Building
Inmate Gender: Female
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Corrections industry
Year Program Began: 2002
Number of Inmates in Program: 4
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 7
Customers: South Carolina government; student textbooks; businesses
Promotional Material Available: None at this time

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: No

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

South Dakota

South Dakota State Penitentiary

Prison Address: 1600 North Dr
Mailing Address: PO Box 5911
City/State/Zip: Sioux Falls SD 57117-5911
Prison Phone: 605-367-5056
Prison Fax: 605-367-5102
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1300
Prison Security Level: Maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact
Organization: South Dakota State
Penitentiary Department of Corrections
Mailing Address: PO Box 5911
City/State/Zip: Sioux Falls SD 57117
Internal Contact Person: Ron Zylstra, Director of Pheasantland Industries
Phone: 605-367-5143
Toll Free: 800-423-6665
Fax: 605-367-5102
Email: Ron.Zylstra@state.sd.us

External Contact
Organization: South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library
Address: 800 Governors Dr
City/State/Zip: Pierre SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-3131
External Contact Person 1: Dan Boyd, Director
Toll Free: 800-423-6665
Fax: 605-773-6962
Email: dan.boyd@state.sd.us

External Contact Person 2: Connie Sullivan
Program Assistant
Phone: 605-773-5081
Alt Phone: 605-367-5260
Fax: 605-773-6962
Email: connie.sullivan@state.sd.us

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: CONfined Leading the Blind Unit
Braille Phone: 605-367-5082
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Corrections industry
Year Program Began: 1983
Number of Inmates in Program: 8
Number of Inmates Since Beginning:
Customers: State agencies; SD Braille and Talking Book Library; education agencies; local businesses; individuals
Promotional Material Available: None at this time

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 6
Nemeth: 1
Music: 0

Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: Yes
Audio Recording: No

South Dakota

Yankton Federal Prison Camp

Prison Address: 1016 Douglas Ave
Mailing Address: PO Box 680
City/State/Zip: Yankton SD 57078
Prison Phone: 605-665-3262
Number of Inmates in Prison: 750
Prison Security Level: Minimum

Contact Information

Internal Contact
Organization: Best Cell'rs Braille Unit
Address: 1016 Douglas Ave
Mailing Address: PO Box 680
City/State/Zip: Yankton SD 57078
Internal Contact Person: Maureen Steffen
Supervisor of Education
Phone: 605-665-3262 ext 1030
Email: msteffen@bop.gov

External Contact
Organization: South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library
External Contact Person 1: Dan Boyd, Director
Phone: 605-773-3131
Toll Free: 800-423-6665
Fax: 605-773-6962
Email: dan.boyd@state.sd.us

External Contact Person 2: Connie Sullivan
Program Assistant
Phone: 605-773-5081
Fax: 605-773-6962
Email: connie.sullivan@state.sd.us

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: No
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: Best Cell'rs Braille Unit
Braille Phone: 605-665-3262, ext. 103
Braille Fax: None
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: Federal
Operated By: Prison education
Year Program Began: 1991
Number of Inmates in Program: 10
Number of Inmates Since Beginning:
Customers: South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library
Promotional Material Available: None at this time

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 10
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: Yes

Texas

TDCJ Mountain View Unit Braille/Computer Recovery Facility

Prison Address: 2305 Ransom Rd
City/State/Zip: Gatesville TX 76528
Prison Phone: 254-865-7226 ext 311
Prison Fax: 254-248-1636
Number of Inmates in Prison: 602
Prison Security Level: Maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Delores Billman
Title: Plant Manager
Industrial Specialist VI
Organization: TDCJ -- Mountain View Unit Braille/Computer Recovery Facility
Address: 2305 Ransom Rd
City/State/Zip: Gatesville TX 76528
Phone: 254-865-6592
Alt Phone: 254-865-7226
Toll Free: 800-514-9310
Fax: 254-248-1636
Email: Billman@htcomp.net

External Contact Person: Bob Walling
Title: Braille Dept Coordinator
Organization: Education Service Center Region 20
Address: 1314 Hines Ave
City/State/Zip: San Antonio TX 78208
Phone: 800-514-9310
Toll Free: 800-514-9310
Fax: 210-370-5696
Email: bob@braille.edu

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Mountain View Braille Facility
Braille Phone: 254-865-6592
Braille Fax: 254-248-1636
Status of Program: Building
Inmate Gender: Female
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Prison education and corrections industry
Year Program Began: 1999
Number of Inmates in Program: 41
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 58
Customers: Texas government; textbooks
Promotional Material Available: Print material

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 26
Nemeth: 1
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: No
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Washington

Washington Corrections Center for Women

Prison Address: 9601 Bujacich Rd NW
Mailing Address: PO Box 17
City/State/Zip: Gig Harbor WA 98335-0017
Prison Phone: 253-858-4228
Prison Fax:
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 700
Prison Security Level: Minimum-maximum

Contact Information

External Contact Person: Colleen Lines
Title: Manager of Instructional Resource Center/Braille Access Center
Organization: Washington State School for the Blind
Address: 2214 E 13th St
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip: Vancouver WA 98661
Phone: 360-696-6321 ext 183
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax: 360-737-2120
Email: colleen.lines@wssb.wa.gov

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: No
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: Yes

Braille Program Information

Program: Washington Corrections Center for Women Braille Team
Braille Phone:
Braille Fax:
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Female
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Partnership with Washington State School for the Blind
Year Program Began: 1997
Number of Inmates in Program: 6
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 13
Customers: Braille Access Center, Instructional Resource Ctr
Promotional Material Available: Print material

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 2
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Number of Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: No
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

West Virginia

Huttonsville Correctional Center

Prison Address:
Mailing Address: PO Box 1
City/State/Zip: Huttonsville WV 26273
Prison Phone: 304-335-2291
Prison Fax: 304-335-4256
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 900
Prison Security Level: Maximum

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: Sheila Waldron Simmons
Title: Director, West Virginia Braille Program
Organization: West Virginia Correctional Industries
Address:
Mailing Address: PO Box 1
City/State/Zip: Huttonsville WV 26273
Phone: 304-335-2291 ext 276
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax: 304-335-2823
Email: ssimmon1@mail.wvnet.edu

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: West Virginia Braille Program
Braille Phone: 304-335-2291 ext 276
Braille Fax: 304-335-2823
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Corrections industry
Year Program Began: 1985
Number of Inmates in Program: 9
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 35
Customers: Anyone
Promotional Material Available: None at this time

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 5
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: No
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: Yes
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No

Wisconsin

Oshkosh Correctional Institution

Prison Address: 1730 West Snell Rd
Mailing Address: PO Box 3530
City/State/Zip: Oshkosh WI 54903-3530
Prison Phone: 920-231-4010
Prison Fax: 920-236-2626
Prison Email:
Number of Inmates in Prison: 1900
Prison Security Level: Medium

Contact Information

Internal Contact Person: David Hines
Title: Coordinator
Organization: Oshkosh Correctional Institution--Braille
Address:
Mailing Address: PO Box 3530
City/State/Zip: Oshkosh WI 54903-3530
Phone: 920-231-4010 ext 2208
Alt Phone:
Toll Free:
Fax: 920-236-2626
Email: david.hines@DOC.state.wi.us

American Printing House for the Blind Network

LOUIS Database of Accessible Listings: Yes
Accessible Media Producers (AMP) Listings: Yes
Repository Listings: No
Prison Braille Listserv Member: No

Braille Program Information

Program: Oshkosh Correctional Institution Braille Transcription Program
Braille Phone: 920-231-4010 ext 2208
Braille Fax: 920-236-2626
Status of Program: Producing
Inmate Gender: Male
Jurisdiction: State
Operated By: Prison education
Year Program Began: 1998
Number of Inmates in Program: 8
Number of Inmates Since Beginning: 20
Customers: School districts; Wisconsin state agencies; individuals
Promotional Material Available: Being developed

Transcriber Qualifications

Number of Certified Transcribers
Literary: 5
Nemeth: 0
Music: 0

Qualified Proofreaders
Literary: 0
Nemeth: 0

Services Provided

Braille Transcription
Literary: Yes
Nemeth: Yes
Textbooks: Yes

Braille Proofreading
Literary: No
Nemeth: No

Braille Production
Embossing: No
Binding: Yes
Tactile Graphics: Yes

Other Services
Scanning: Yes
Print/Large Type: No
Audio Recording: No




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