University students jump in to help inmates turn jeans to quilts

William Woods University’s criminal justice fraternity provides jeans for offenders incarcerated in the Jefferson City Correctional Center to use for making quilts. Left to right, front row: Lacy Gevers, Kirsten Hipkins, Patrick Powers, Zach Brubaker, Shawn Claypool and Michael Stradford; back row: Tyler Parker, Key’onta Johnson, Kia Coddington and Cory Harlan.

William Woods University’s criminal justice fraternity provides jeans for offenders incarcerated in the Jefferson City Correctional Center to use for making quilts. Left to right, front row: Lacy Gevers, Kirsten Hipkins, Patrick Powers, Zach Brubaker, Shawn Claypool and Michael Stradford; back row: Tyler Parker, Key’onta Johnson, Kia Coddington and Cory Harlan.

When Cory Harlan toured the Jefferson City Correctional Center with his Intro to Criminal Justice class, what he saw sparked an idea.

He wanted to be involved somehow in the Restorative Justice Program where he witnessed prisoners creating quilts from donated jeans and fabric. Thus, the Jeans for Justice project was born.

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Harlan, with the help of advisors and fellow students at William Woods University, founded Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a criminal justice fraternity in the spring of 2010.

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