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Top 5 College Correspondence Programs For Prisoners

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.13.2017 | College
Christopher Zoukis

In the realm of higher education, behind bars correspondence studies reign supreme.

College Correspondence Programs for Prisoners: How to Enroll in College From Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.10.2017 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis While there is plenty of information out there on how to attend college in-person or online, there is very little about how to ...

Federal Prison School District Lauded As Important, Necessary

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.23.2016 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

The Department of Justice recently issued a press release in which it laid out changes coming to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The changes appear to be...

Community Involvement in Programs Boosts Chances For Successful Lives After Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.28.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis Twenty-five percent of the world's prison population is located in the United States, and most -- 98 percent -- of those incarc...

Virtual Reality Behind Bars Could Change The Game For Prisoners

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.15.2016 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

Already a hot topic in the gaming world, virtual and augmented reality technologies are slowly spilling into other venues such as museum exhibits and school classrooms. But could it someday be used behind bars?

Cal State To Participate In Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.27.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The Department of Education has announced a Second Chance Pell Pilot Program as part of the Barack Obama administration's goals to have a fairer criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and reduce the impact of the effects of incarceration on communities.

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Delaware's Death Penalty Law

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.16.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The 148-page Delaware decision, released August 1, came in a challenge to the state's law on deliberations in capital punishment cases. The challenge was brought on behalf of Benjamin Rauf, a Temple Law School graduate accused of murdering a classmate.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Gives At-Risk Students Better Odds

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

One of the most pressing issues with mass incarceration is the school-to-prison pipeline and the current education system. One of the most effective ways at reducing incarceration is ensuring that as many people as possible have access to quality education throughout their lives, beginning as early as possible.

Summer College Course Sheds Light On Prison Pipeline

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.28.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Through continued knowledge and action, as well as sufficient resources, we can continue to move towards a system that is increasingly equal, fair, and provides the best education for youth, while reducing incarceration rates.

Lawsuit Upholds Inmates' Plea For Safe Drinking Water

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

After filing a lawsuit in 2014, four prisoners at Wallace Pack Unit, Navasota, Texas, will hopefully be feeling some relief after U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison recently gave the prison 15 days to replace the water supply.

Juvenile Records Create Major Hurdles, Says Study

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.14.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The United States has no national standard for how juvenile records are dealt with, and no states earned a five-star rating from the Juvenile Law Center, a national public interest law firm that ensures child welfare.

Former Youth Inmates Proof Juvenile Reforms Work

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.29.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Both Dao and Schultz advocate for justice reform because keeping teens locked up isn't the solution, nor is the branding of teen offenders, which can be detrimental to rehabilitation, and reduction of recidivism.

Bureau of Prisons Announces Family-Friendly Policies

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.08.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In a bid to make federal prisons more helpful for inmates' ability to re-enter society after their release, the Bureau of Prisons in late April announ...

Prisoner Art Takes Public Spotlight

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.03.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The University of Washington in Seattle recently featured its second annual art exhibition of prisoners' artwork. Organized by Huskies for Opportuniti...

The Iliad is doing hard time and the inmates love it

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Maximum-security inmates at a New Jersey prison have been learning about the literary world with Rutgers University associate professor Emily Allen-Ho...

Former Inmate-Turned-Chef Returns to Jail to Teach Others His Craft

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.11.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Bramlett returns regularly to the correctional centre in Polkton, North Carolina, to teach the culinary skills he learned behind bars - skills that helped him leave prison with an eye on becoming the chef and restaurateur he is today.

Alabama Prisoners Create Their Own Health Radio Show

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.03.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Inmates at an Alabama correctional centre are developing, crowdfunding and taking other necessary steps to launch their own radio about health issues ...

Tribeca film screenings cast restorative light behind prison walls

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

When you hear Tribeca, you probably think of the glamorous New York film festival started by actor Robert De Niro in 2002. Recently, though, the Tribe...

Book Review: College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons

Anthony Tinsman | Posted 04.14.2016 | Books
Anthony Tinsman

College For Convicts presents the facts, figures and rationale for educating prisoners. Prisoners with a college degree are much less likely to recidivate.

Kansas Juvenile Justice Overhaul Long Overdue

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.30.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

After nine months of individual and committee work, the Kansas Senate has approved several long-overdue recommendations to overhaul the current juvenile justice system to reduce recidivism as well as unnecessary costs on governments.

Report Documents U.S. Recidivism Rates for Federal Prisoners

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), an independent agency within the judicial branch which writes federal sentencing guidelines and studies federal...

Restorative Justice Curbs School-to-Prison Pipeline

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.21.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

As the school-to-prison pipeline system continues to be under scrutiny, schools in the Los Angeles area are working to reduce this, armed with mounting evidence that harsh punishment for small offenses at an early age does not reduce crime rates, but makes it more likely that offenders go to prison than to college.

Why America Needs College in Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.16.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Prison education is both more effective and efficient than incarceration, not to mention a fraction of the annual cost of imprisonment, and its results are proven.

UK Prison Reform a Step Toward Reducing Recidivism

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.11.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has offered a far-reaching proposal for improving what he describes as the "scandalous" failure of the English and Wel...

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.05.2017 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continual...