Sentenced to Shakespeare

Children who land in juvenile court in Berkshire County, Massachusetts may end up on stage, reciting Shakespeare.   Retired Judge Paul Perachi  worked with a theater company  to develop the program for teens convicted of violent crimes.  He thought working with theater professionals would help them develop self esteem, communication skills, and manager their anger better.  In the last 10 years, the program has graduated 200 kids with some success.   For some kids, it’s the first time they’ve been praised. 15 year old Tim, convicted of assault and battery, thought he’d be locked up.  “Assault and battery and you hand me a sword in Shakespeare? No, I didn’t think that was going to happen at all”

Voice of America profiles the program, which won an award from the White House.