Welcome to Changing Lives, Changing Minds

Welcome to Changing Lives, Changing Minds, the official blog of Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL)!

Changing Lives, Changing Minds is a forum for anyone interested in CLTL, criminal justice reform, alternatives to incarceration, and the power of literature to transform our lives.

The Pew Center on the States reported earlier this year that approximately one out of every one hundred Americans are behind bars and that 50 percent of inmates released will find themselves incarcerated again within three years.

The road to change begins through awareness and discussion. Changing Lives, Changing Minds will discuss news and ongoing concerns surrounding CLTL, criminal justice reform, and the struggle for incarceration alternatives twice a week. We invite you to share your insight and opinions in the comment section of each entry.

Here are four ways you can get in on the action:


Bookmark our site

Adding Changing Lives, Changing Minds to your “Bookmarks” or “Favorites” means that you’ll be just one click away from our blog!


Subscribe to our RSS feed

Want to receive the latest Changing Lives, Changing Minds entries as we publish them? An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed can deliver our blog posts to your email inbox. Click here to open the feed page, then locate the link for subscribing by email. (Note: not all email clients allow users to subscribe to RSS feeds.)


Comment, comment, comment!

Discussion and debate are central to Changing Lives, Changing Minds. Your comments are always welcomed and encouraged—no matter how short or long in length and whether you want to agree with us, share some insight, or voice a different opinion.


Write a guest blog

Changing Lives, Changing Minds will feature many guest bloggers from different disciplines. If you have an idea for a guest blog and would like to write a 500-750 word entry on our site, contact us at cltl@umassd.edu.


Take a look around the blog and see what we have to offer. If you encounter any problems or bugs, or if you have any ideas for topics you’d like to see addressed here, please let us know by sending an email to the above address or by posting a comment below.

We are very excited about this new endeavor and we thank you for taking a look at our blog. We hope you’ll make Changing Lives, Changing Minds a regular destination and look forward to reading your opinions and comments on our posts!


7 thoughts on “Welcome to Changing Lives, Changing Minds

  1. Jenni, congrats on the launching. One glitch I note: Safari can’t find the RSS link. Also, when I hit the return button, I’m thrown out of the reply page into “search” on the previous page. Bert Stern

  2. I have tested the latest version of Safari with two different editions of the Mac operating system—

    OS X 10.5.4 (used on my Mac purchased in July 2008)
    OS X 10.4.11 (used on my friend’s Mac purchased in October 2006)

    We are able to access the RSS feed just fine and do not have the problem you mentioned with the return button.

    There are two possible culprits here:

    1) WordPress doesn’t always play nice with Safari. This is a documented problem that they hope to resolve in the future. For best results on a Mac, the Mozilla Firefox browser is more stable and reliable.

    2) Older Mac operating systems may not support RSS feed capabilities in WordPress. I haven’t found a clear list of which operating systems do and do not work, but know that folks with older computers (and thus older operating systems) may not be able to use the new RSS technology without updating their operating system to a newer version.

  3. Great work!!! I will definately keep posted on this as I keep outreach programs in mind when I begin working with youth in public libraries.

    For those interested in this perspective from youth incarceration and juvenile detention centers, look into Young Adult Advocate, Patrick Jones.

  4. I found your blog through Twitter, and I’d like to encourage you to connect CLCM to social networks as quickly as you can. Get a twitter account to feed blog entries to. Become a “cause” on Facebook. Whatever you can do. Word spreads fast in social networks.

    If you already have these things in place, publicize them on the blog!

    This looks like a marvelous project. Thank you so much for the work you’re doing!

  5. Regarding Jenni Baker’s comments on literature, CLTL now offers an alternate way to see stories. Not just that readers hold the mirror up to nature, but readers hold human nature up to the mirror of the story. That changes the impact for everyone reading.

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