Prison inmates should be allowed to take college courses

Round Table Editor-in-Chief Should inmates receive a free college education?

Prison inmates should be allowed to take college courses

Maybe you were in a coma.

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Maybe you were in cryo-sleep. Maybe you angered a witch it's probably that one. If you had a job and a place to live, you don't anymore. Your friends have probably moved on. You feel out of place in the world. Oh, also, you have a giant tattoo on your forehead that says "desk-shitter," because you shit on a witch's desk, buddy -- not a good move.

That's pretty much the same situation inmates are in, right after they're released from prison: Not only adrift, but with stigma attached.

Luckily, there are people who help. We spoke to "Carla," who used to work at a correctional facility designed to assist inmates preparing for life on the outside Advertisement 6 Inmates Are Let Out To Work In Public, And Return To Lock-Up After Their Shifts "The federal government is fully aware that people who have been incarcerated for 10 years or more are not going to be able to walk out of the prison, hop online, and start filling out job and apartment applications," Carla says.

That's why facilities like the one where she worked exist: Continue Reading Below Advertisement Basically, in these facilities, inmates are allowed to leave to look for jobs, go to work, and generally pretend to be people again for a while.

The idea is to avoid the all-too-common scenario where a former inmate gets released, can't find a job, and walks straight back into the meth lab.

But there were a lot of hoops companies had to jump through to hire Carla's people. So the government appeals to their greed and offers companies tax incentives to hire inmates. The next day, he'll be released with his allowance to go to a movie or the library and he'll be searched, breathalyzed and sent to mess hall for lunch before his next shift.

Oh, but that's not all free: It was initially an apartment building with a department store on the ground level. Continue Reading Below Continue Reading Below Advertisement That prime location was necessary because "very few of these people had any kind of personal transportation and [our city] doesn't really have a bus system, so they needed to be in an area where they could find jobs they could walk to," Carla says.

It should be noted that they were, in fact, "allowed to have cars if they could afford them. See, there's a reason prisons are typically in the middle of nowhere, and inmates aren't issued go-karts: There were escapes, just I'll be right there.

Continue Reading Below Advertisement They took measures to mitigate the risk to public safety by making sure "there were no schools or residential neighborhoods nearby so sex offenders could live there" and asking local businesses that could prove to be a problem mostly bars not to serve the inmates.

If anything, slap on a few more skeeve-pelts. This was by design -- they were often moved to the transitional facility simply because they weren't safe in the general prison population.

They were put on a floor with nothing but other pedophiles, women, and gay men, because Why was I assigned here? That includes legitimate murderers and psychopaths, who were absolutely not ready to re-enter society.

He was young at the time, drunk and high.

Prison inmates should be allowed to take college courses

I'm not sure if he was initially sentenced 25 to life with a chance at parole or if an appeal got him a chance at parole, but he was eventually given a chance to go to our facility to get a chance at an outside life. His boss spoke very highly of him and the only real problems we had with him was a snap temper.

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He would very quickly become defensive and threatening with little or no provocation. Incidentally, that guy totally escaped.The Texarkana Gazette is the premier source for local news and sports in Texarkana and the surrounding Arklatex areas. Apr 05,  · Let Prisoners Take College Courses.

By by allocating $1 million of the almost $3 billion corrections budget for college courses in prison. I had hopeful conversations with other inmates who. Feb 16,  · A College Education for Prisoners.

By The number of inmates to receive federal Pell Grants to take college courses behind bars. of college degrees awarded to inmates fell from 1, in. Should we let more prisoners take college classes? He is one of 23 out of 2, inmates participating in an education program, and he advocates greater access to education in prison through TV.

Should taxpayers fund college courses for prison inmates? prohibit the federal government from funding college courses for prison inmates. should be allowed to focus on this debt rather. During that half hour, I’d make copies or print documents that had been left from the day before.

Inmates paid for copies and print-outs but only legal documents could be copied or printed so I had to check everything first (on the computers they only had access to Lexis-Nexis and an open office word processing program).

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