College Behind Bars

Some of America’s ‘Most Terrific’ Students are Behind Bars

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.

justice

Should Prosecutors be Reformers?

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.

Low Unemployment Rates Encourage Prisoner Training

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.