Check out this online and print publication – The Beat Within! It is their mission to:
…provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community. Outside of the juvenile justice system, The Beat Within partners with community organizations and individuals to bring resources to youth both inside and outside of detention. We are committed to being an effective bridge between youth who are locked up and the community that aims to support their progress towards a healthy, non-violent, and productive life.
This current issue features poets from Champaign-Urbana that are behind bars at the Juvenile Detention Center.
You can find past issues in their archives.
Writing mentors will be matched with an adult incarcerated writer whose overall goal will be to foster better writing for publication through literary advice, fleshed out ideas, providing writing prompts, basic editing/ grammar education, etc.