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    Jessica Colarossi

    Jessica Colarossi is a science writer for The Brink. She graduated with a BS in journalism from Emerson College in 2016, with focuses on environmental studies and publishing. While a student, she interned at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C., where she wrote over 30 stories, most of them relating to climate change, coral reefs, and women’s health. Profile

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There are 3 comments on How One BU Researcher Is Empowering Prisoners with Music

  1. I graduated CAS in 1973 with a BA. I went on to earn a M.Ed. from U of Miami, and a M.S. In Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern. I was working as a Mental Health Specialist at Union Correctional in Raiford, Fl. Every Christmas, our Chaplain would play Christmas Carols over the loud speaker of the prison. I complained to him that when he played, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, our inmates would experience increased depressive episodes. He denied this, and continued to play that song. Since I had one of his workers on my case load, I was able to have this song removed from the queue.There were fewer mental health emergencies in December of that year as a result. Music can soothe, but it can also make people depressed and agitated, especially when it is associated with certain memories. I’m glad to read
    that faculty and students are reaching out to incarcerated people to improve their lives. When I was young, that was a career that was closed to women. After a grievance by women security officers in the Florida Dept. of Corrections, they opened the door to my being hired, and I worked there for many years until I retired. Go Terriers!

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