While in prison, education would provide a crucial key for inmate rehabilitation. Part of that rehabilitation can be in the form of education. Education in the prison system generally geared
My initial conclusion is open free college for inmates is unnecessary because I do not recognize any benefits of it, and I do not think that the inmates have a desire to study. However, after I read three articles about the education for inmates, my views have changed because I realize everything is completely different what I image. The inmates want to go to school, and they even get AA’s degree and BA’s degree while still in prison. Moreover, the education for inmates helps the crime rate reduced. In my opinion, I consider that the state of California should make a tax dollars available to provide free college education to its prison inmates for the reason that “When education is treated as a societal benefit rather than a private benefit, it will not only benefit students but likely decrease the prison population,” from California budgets $1 billion more on prisons than higher education and leaves students hanging.
Drafting my own legislation for presented a set of challenges that I could not anticipate. This experience brought me to ask myself novel questions regarding laws in place, arguments and counter-arguments for prison education, and how a statewide prison education system would affect the state government.
Many offenders will be released from prison and yet approximately 60% will return for violating the law (Beard, Johnson, & Kemp, 2003). An inmate that has an education equivalent to a
Why do prisoners deserve free education if in prison for committing a crime? Is there a screening process that determines which prisoner gets the education? Will these prisoners who earn a degree get out of prison and be productive members of society and pay it forward? This subject can be touchy with most, especially the victims of the crimes and tax paying members of society. When a person is in prison for a crime they can receive free education in some states. “An inmate’s ability to make it on the outside depends on whether he is returning to a stable family, whether he has mental health or substance abuse issues, and on his education and employment-related skills.”( Skorton and Altschuler.2013.Forbes Magazine). Having an inmate get a
Great topic, usually we tend to overlook the fact that we all deserve the right to receive an education. I’ve had a few professors say that this is a privilege and not right, which is upsetting because a lack of educations just creates a further gap between social and economic classes. I liked how you provided short summaries of the cases in your introduction that provides a solid background to your arguments. May I suggest you probably look into the “School to Prison Pipeline”, I think it will add to your argument that educational institutions are targeting students and depriving them from opportunities. The school to prison pipeline explain that schools create policies that criminalize the students, some especially target the Latino and African
Prisoners are described as untrustworthy criminals-a characteristic a college education won’t change. Victims of criminals are used as more evidence of their negative nature; justifying why inmates shouldn’t be able to be awarded the grants. In contrast, they emphasize the innocent nature of law abiding citizens, who work relentlessly to be able to send their kids to college, and how these attributes make them different than inmates; and therefore the only rightful receiver of Pell Grants. The group that supported Pell Grants in U.S. prisons, took a less aggressive role. They didn’t refute the opposing side’s claim completely, but focused on the positive results of college education. They portrayed inmates as molding blocks who could change with the help of proper resources, and the fact that they were as much of a citizen as anyone else- and deserved the same opportunity of the Pell
I think Texas should stop increasing rates of incarceration and Texas do not need to build more prisons. According to the FBI ‘Crime in the United States, 2015 reveals a 2.6 percent decrease in the estimated number of crimes last year when compared to 2014 data’. Although increasing rates of incarceration and the crimes rates is decrease. On some minor crimes, we should decriminalize certain behavior like marijuana and alcohol. We can send criminals to a program or a camp to teach them to the right way. We should invest some money in crime prevention (like drug, marijuana, and alcohol) to reduce the crimes rates. The another problem is reducing sentence lengths, according to statistics, the murder of imprisonment extended for at least 5 years,
Correctional institutions have an array of rehabilitative programs. These programs range from the bare minimum requirements to an assortment of educational opportunities. Not all jurisdictions have the same programs. Some jurisdictions may only offer G.E.D. programs. Whereas, others may offer post-secondary educations.
There are two definitions of the word “education.” The first definition is the knowledge, skill and understanding that you get from attending a school, college or university. The second definition is for one to be enlightened and obtain knowledge through learning. Since when is knowledge only obtained in a traditional school setting? According to Merriam- Webster's online dictionary, knowledge is only achieved by, “attending a school, college or university.” Does that mean education cannot be incorporated in other informal settings, such as the prison systems or the streets? Malcolm X integrated street smart logic with book smarts and thrived. Prison was not a hardship for him. Prison did not serve as a drawback because he made the best of
Lastly, we could help and improve the inmates in their academics. Having an education is important because if you do not have one how will you amount to anything in the real world. Eric Allison and Alastair Sloan claim that “Most of the people going through the system are young males between the ages of twenty and thirty, uneducated and majority minorities” (Allison, Sloan). By building up their education inmates, upon release they will have work experience and an education as high as a G.E.D. With an education ex inmates will be less likely to repeat again. The funding will come from our taxpayers but overtime the money could come from charitable companies and from the state too.
Attica Correctional Facility. Attica NY. “By John J. Lennon, April 4, 2015.” He talks New York Times newspaper about “Prisoners take College Courses”
Research in this subject is very limited and the information that is presented in many of the peer review articles relate to pre-incarceration or post- incarceration, no study has ever been done to see what are the current need that previously incarcerated students need in college. In conclusion the main purpose of this research is to be able to obtain more of an idea of what are the current needs that previously incarcerated students need, what current university assistances can be brought together to help with the creation of a holistic center that is focus in the needs of this group of students that at times consider themselves the invisible student in
For those whose lives are the most controlled and exploited by systems of domination, the potential for a critical re-imagining of pedagogy is an unknown myth of academia. Philosophers and college students extol the transformative potential of education. Rarely, however, do their accolades manifest as tangible action in the ghettoes, slums, and cities of America. Nevertheless, these archetypal zones of exclusion have seen their share of new educational movements. Magnet and charter schools, increased community involvement, and innovative extracurricular programs all carry significant potential for breaking past the omnipresent economic boundaries which masquerade as intellectual impasses. While these programs have their faults and
Juveniles who are incarcerated due to lack of opportunities should be educated in prison. Many young people enter and leave prison with numerous problems on their backs. A large amount of these juveniles are either literate or numerate, which in most cases, stem from school exclusion, truancy and other forms of disrupted education. Thom Gehring a Criminal Justice major looks at a school in the state of Texas named Witham; a survey he conducted throughout the high school proved that the majority of these students enrolled in Witham had a history of academic failure. Also he observed that the majority of those students eventually dropped out of school, and most of them ended up in prison within three years. I