Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois launches new music production program for inmates with help from Grammy Award-winning rapper Common.
Chicago Common Nonprofit Organization Imagine justice, contributed to the financing of the initiative. On Tuesday, a special ceremony was held at the Stateville Correctional Center to unveil the program.
Common shared his enthusiasm for the launch in a statement to Chicago media.
“Coming home to be a part of this opportunity for the people of Stateville is my honor. I personally know how music can heal and allow the human spirit to be free regardless of your surroundings. I wanted to provide a world class studio experience to support these residents as they commit to changing their lives. And that’s just the beginning.”
The new state-of-the-art studio that has been built in the facility includes musical instruments, mixers, sound panels and other equipment. The nonprofit organization also provides funds for a professional musician to teach the class. According to reports, this program is the first of its kind at IDOC.
There are nine students in the initial class which will last 12 weeks. They will learn music production, songwriting and audio engineering. People who wanted to be considered for the music program had to apply and be interviewed. Each participant who completes the course will save time on their sentence at the Stateville Correctional Center.
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