With limited options for distance learning, many prisons and colleges have devised alternatives to in-person teaching during the coronavirus shutdown. But many other programs have been shut down, leaving advocates to fear severe disruptions in their mission to teach college courses behind bars.
Adult offenders who participated in rehabilitation programs committed fewer offenses compared with adults who did not participate, according to an analysis released by the National Institute of Justice.
The Bard Prison Initiative, one of several programs that attempted to fill the void in prison education created when Congress stopped Pell grants for the incarcerated, is the subject of a new PBS documentary. TCR talks to the producers and some of the students who participated in the New York program.
Yes, according to a paper co-authored by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., — but that means changing the “notion of what their jobs entail” to include working for expanded prisoner education and improved reentry strategies, as well as sentence reform.
A study of North Carolina’s “Pathways” program, one of several pilot projects launched by the federal government to provide college-level classes to incarcerated individuals, offered some positive reviews—with some reservations.
During the now-condemned “tough-on-crime” era, federal higher education assistance was made off limits to anyone in prison. But a pilot $35 million effort to revive it is now in its fourth year—and apparently flourishing—in 26 states.
A lawsuit filed last month claims inmates who started a debating team at the Stateville Il., Correctional Center were disciplined for political activism. Authorities say the program was cancelled for “security reasons.” The team’s coach gives her side of the story here.
The U.S. economy has been in a sustained period of low unemployment with many states across the Midwest and Northeast, in particular, experiencing labor shortages and employers who need to reach further for workers looking at prisons. Officials in Maine, which had a 3 percent unemployment rate in July, are inviting employers to the state prison in Warren for a seminar on hiring prisoners in September.