Category: correctional education

Ex-Prison Shows Animated Films Made by Incarcerated Artists

AP By Kristen de Groot Ezra has been locked up for about 45 years. In that time, he’s taken the opportunities he’s been given in prison, grown from them and feels like he’s turned his life around. He heard about a program at the Chester State Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for men near Philadelphia, where …

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How Norway Is Teaching America to Make Its Prisons More Humane

HuffPost By Laura Paddison The bedroom, off a light-filled corridor, is small but not cramped. It houses a single bed, a desk, wardrobe, TV and a small bathroom. The window looks out onto a grassy hill. Outside the door, there’s a kitchenette, where a bread knife hangs from a loop of string affixed to the …

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Patterns and Trends in Educational Opportunity for Students in Juvenile Justice Schools: Updates and New Insights

Every two years the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights conducts the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), which includes information about school demographics, course enrollment, discipline, and other measures of school quality. For the first time in 2013-14 and again in the 2015-16 collection, the CRDC included juvenile justice schools, which serve approximately …

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A Second Chance: Prisoners Thrive in Program Designed to Open up Job Opportunities

The Nevada Independent By Michaela Chesin and Trey Arline At Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center on Wednesday, a former soldier-turned-prisoner described loving to paint murals, writing poetry and music and becoming a leader and role model for other inmates. Her speech about the desire to change the narrative about her life brought Gov. Steve Sisolak to tears in …

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Investing in Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison

Efforts to build robust postsecondary education programs in prison have accelerated in recent years, with support from a broad range of groups, from correctional officers to college administrators. This report from the Vera Institute of Justice and the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality describes how lifting the current ban on awarding Pell Grants …

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State Partnering Colleges with Prisons; U.S. Experiment Studies Learning’s Effect on Inmates

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By Stephen Simpson Luther Miller, a student at Shorter College in North Little Rock, talked to his fellow general psychology classmates on Wednesday about self-defense mechanisms and the theories of Sigmund Freud as part of their final exam preparation. “We learned how some people will use things to escape. For example, a lot …

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Pa. Banking on Program Providing Former Inmates with Financial Literacy

witf By Sarah Hoover Pennsylvania has a new idea to help lower recidivism rates. Two state agencies have launched a pilot program that teaches financial literacy to inmates at state prisons. The phrase “follow the money” has taken on new meaning for prisoners who take the course on credit and banking basics. The class, which …

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Tender Justice: North Dakota Is Conducting a Prison Experiment Unlike Anything in the United States

Governing By David Kidd Terry Pullins is on his second tour in the North Dakota prison system. He’s also done time in California. Since he never got farther than the fifth grade, the 40-year-old Pullins has spent nearly as much time behind bars as he did in school. But last December brought the most acute …

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Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records

This tip sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center offers suggestions on how organizations and agencies that provide support to people who have criminal records—including parole and probation agencies, reentry service providers, and educational and occupational training programs—can engage employers in conversations about hiring people who have criminal records, which will help improve the employment …

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Returns on Investments in Recidivism-Reducing Programs

This policy brief from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors discusses the economic costs of crime and the effectiveness of programs to reduce recidivism. The report reviews the evidence on the underlying factors that determine the value of such prison programs and provides estimates on their rates of return, focusing on programs delivered inside correctional …

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