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Inside the Monroe County Correctional Center, the staff and volunteers of New Leaf – New Life works with jail officials to run a variety of programs to better the lives of inmates. We provide just a sampling of those programs here.

Enrichment Programs

​Enrichment Programs are available to inmates in certain jail blocks, including volunteer-run classes and groups focusing on creative writing, problem solving, addiction recovery, and women’s issues. NLNL staff teach GED preparation classes, as well.

​Transition Program

​The transition program focuses on helping inmates prepare for a successful transition back into community and family life by helping participants obtain birth certificates and social security cards, apply to assistance programs, and navigate other social services available in Bloomington.

​Addicts In Recovery (AIR)

​The AIR program provides a place for selected inmates to participate in intensive addiction recovery programs (addiction treatment, anger management, community building, meditation, parenting, etc.), in both inmate-led, volunteer-led, and staff-led sessions.

​Inside-Out Classes

With the support of jail administration and staff, the IU Communications and Culture Department offers classes that meet in the jail, whose students are a combination of IU students and men living in the AIR block.  Participants acquire academic skills and gain life-changing experiences.

Think Tanks

​The Monroe County Jail Speech and Advocacy Think Tank in the Addicts in Recovery Dorm and the Monroe County Jail Women's Think Tank are two community advocacy groups that meet together regularly to learn about and build alternative models for justice.

​Read to Me

​The Read to Me program records men in the AIR dorm and women in the jail reading children's books. Once recorded by volunteers, the children of those incarcerated are sent a copy of the book and a recording of their parent reading aloud the book.

Song Writing Workshop

Similar to "Women Writing for a Change", this workshop has women in the jail write lyrics which local musicians put to music.
All together, we interact with approximately three-fourths of the inmates in the jail!  For more information, call our Jail Program Director Tania Karnofsky at (812) 349-2890 or email newleaf1010@gmail.com