Illinois Prisons Drop Computer Jobs Training For Inmates


Illinois prison officials are revamping computer education courses for inmates, saying enough ex-cons aren’t receiving jobs in the tech field to justify the cost, reports the state’s Decatur Herald & Review. The program, which operated at 11 state prisons, was designed to provide computer and business management skills to inmates to help them find work or start their own businesses when they are released from prison. But corrections officials say a five-year review indicated few parolees got jobs in computer-related positions.

A business management course also was eliminated. A prison spokesman said other occupational training will be added to replace the cut programs. The John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group, has raised red flags about cuts to prison education programs because they are designed to help inmates get jobs and stay out of trouble once they leave prison.

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