This article presents a rationale for arts in prison by exploring certain necessary and pertinent key questions. First, what do we mean by the arts? Second, what other societal institutions have made use of the arts as a tool -and in what ways? Third, assuming the difficulty of attaining true measurement of carry-over, as in other fields, why are the arts particularly suitable for use as a tool in prison? What We Mean by the Arts Paul Weiss, in his book Nine Basic Arts (1961), surveys the arts by dividing the…
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