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Prison Education

Obama and Tumblr's Karp Avoid 'Orange Is the New Black'

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Marquis Cabrera

Many community leaders and activists are hard at work to reform the prison system, but they should be advocating for child welfare system reform, too. If we improve the foster care system, we will reduce the number of people in prison.

If Politicians Really Want To Save Money, These Initiatives Actually Cost Less Than Doing Nothing

Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

For many lawmakers, particularly in today's austerity-obsessed political environment, the only way to save a dollar is to not spend that dollar. But i...

Becoming the Healing Vigilante

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

Ask around and you will find out that I am a vigilante of sorts when it comes to personal accountability and healing.

GOP Pol: Educating Inmates Will Lead To A 'Breaking Bad' Situation

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

A New York State Assemblyman is warning against a bill that will make college courses available for inmates again, saying such rehabilitation efforts ...

Breaking Down the Walls

Dan Butin | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Dan Butin

"While my inside [incarcerated] classmates live in cages, I have been educated in one." This is a shout-out to the most transformational model of teaching and learning that I have ever seen: the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.

Education From the Inside Out: A Plea for Prison Education

Baz Dreisinger | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Baz Dreisinger

If we care about equitable prisoner re-entry and about reducing America's absurdly high recidivism rate, we should care about prison education. The value of higher education behind bars transcends dollars and cents.

How and Why I Teach in Prisons, Part Four

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2011 | Education
Steve Mariotti

With all the talk of school reform, seldom if any thought given to what the millions children that drop out of school every year want to learn.

How and Why I Teach in Prisons, Part Three

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.20.2011 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

Like the standard business cycle, drug money creates booms, busts, and misallocations of investments and resources. One of the most insidious aspects of the drug industry is that its excess profits are invested in human capital.

How and Why I Teach in Prisons, Part Two

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.19.2011 | Education
Steve Mariotti

Why do young men go into the drug industry? Foremost is a lack of vision. Often these individuals do not see themselves as having a life worth living so they will jeopardize it for quick money.

How and Why I Teach in Prisons

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Steve Mariotti

The trauma of me being mugged in a park in 1981 had far-reaching consequences. To cope with the flashbacks and feelings of powerlessness and humiliation, I taught the kind of children who had attacked me in order to better understand their motives.

From An Israeli Prison to Tahrir Square: One Palestinian's Odyssey in a Middle East Ablaze

Jen Marlowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jen Marlowe

I had never considered the possibility that a decade in prison might not harden a prisoner against his jailers but provide him with the intellectual and emotional tools to become a passionate advocate for reconciliation.

Wayne Treacy, Teen Charged With Attempted Murder, Sues For Education In Jail

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Florida teenager Wayne Treacy is suing the Broward County school board and sheriff's department for denying him adequate education while he is in jail...

Prison College Decreases Inmates' Return Rate

Tulsa World | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Aaron Tuhacek is the first person in his family to get a college degree, and he did so in prison. Tuhacek, 36, received an associate degree in comput...

A Different Kind Of Sentence As Reading Replaces Prison Time

The Guardian | Anna Barker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

With one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and the death penalty, the US state of Texas seems the last place to embrace a liberal-minde...

Reading In Prison: Ten Books; No Hard Covers

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Hartman

In an atmosphere as poisoned as the criminal justice world, the restrictions that made any sense at all ran out fast. Somewhere along the way, hardcover books were deemed potentially dangerous.