Comparing Beats, Rhymes & Justice

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Beats, Rhymes & Justice
The first time I entered Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility as a mentor, I was quickly ushered into a room of 40 young incarcerated men aged 14 to 21. I learned our activity for the day was to craft poetry and songs to introduce ourselves. As a songwriter in my free time, I was eager to collaborate with the young men. Yet based off my previous experience leading writing sessions outside of prison, I was concerned that the young men would not be willing to fully express themselves. As the day and weeks went on, I became ashamed in the fact that I ever doubted the young men. With simple guidance, encouragement, and collaboration, they created poetry and song lyrics more emotional, relatable, and impactful than anything I have heard on the radio or in the most hipster of slam-poetry nights at local cafés and they were more than eager to share with anyone willing to listen.
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During my time spent at Circleville as a mentor, I began to search for other opportunities relating to incarceration and the arts. I soon began volunteering at an adult facility, Marion Correctional Institute, where I continued my involvement with music, poetry, and writing, but also ventured into a topic that I had no prior experience with –theater and filmmaking. I had experience with storytelling, as I led a group on my college campus that encouraged individuals to share stories that contributed to their unique identities, but theater and filmmaking was
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