Category: Reentry and Education

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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Schatz Introduces Legislation to Promote Educational Opportunities for Americans with Criminal Records

Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced two bills to expand access to education for Americans with criminal records, whether they are in prison or applying to go back to school with a criminal record. “People with a criminal record should have the chance to learn or go back to …

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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 Agrees to Improve Prison Conditions in Solitary Confinement Unit

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Bill Rankin The state Department of Corrections has agreed to improve prison conditions at a solitary confinement unit that one inspector found to have created some of the most psychologically traumatized inmates he’d ever encountered. The agreement is part of a settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by inmates who served years …

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