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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Salon: The Crime Report: Graham Kates: Re-Inventing College For Prisons

Re-inventing college for prisons

Because of the fact that we have such a high level of prison inmates going back to prison after they are released. And in a lot of cases within a year of getting out of prison the previous time and in a lot of cases because they. Simply don't have the skills that they need to be successful legally on the outside, which means that society. Meaning tax payers get stuck with the bills of having to take care of these people while they are in prison and then. Get stuck with the bills of having to pay for them while they are back in prison, because these inmates enter prison. As criminals and leave prison as criminals, screw ups going in and screw ups going out and coming back in. They aren't even very good at being criminals because they keep getting caught and in a lot of cases get caught. Pretty easily, knowing all of these things you would think that society would get the message that there's a better way. In how we could incarcerate our prison population then having them remain uneducated screw ups who repeat. Their same mistakes from the past that landed them in prison in the first place.

Some say that funding education and schools for prison inmates costs money and of course they are right. Anything worth doing does but done well its cheaper to pay for that then funding things that aren't worth doing. Like inmates to remain criminals while in prison with no hope of making it on the outside once they leave prison. And end up coming back to prison and once again being wards of the state which is exactly what they are. Adult children who can't make it on their own and can't be taken care of by anyone and must live in an institutional environment. To be able to function at all but if we give them the opportunity to improve themselves with skills that they can use. Once they leave prison and something like 7-10 inmates leave prison while they are still young and healthy enough to work. So instead of having no hope of making it on the outside we could empower them to get the skills so they can become productive citizens.

We could fund education for prison inmates through things like Pell grants and student loans that they would pay. Back while either still in prison or once they are out of prison and also by putting inmates to work in prison. With what's called prison industries which would be companies that operate inside of prison that would hire inmates. And pay our inmates for the work that they do to cover their room and board but its just a matter of priorities. What we believe we should fund in this country.