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message 1: by Luella (new)

Luella | 18 comments Saw this article and thought it was interesting. Never thought too deeply about prison education before.


message 2: by Pam (last edited Jun 08, 2018 02:18PM) (new)

Pam | 1091 comments Mod
This right here is powerful. Thank you so much Luella for bringing this to our attention.

So one of the big problems with former inmates is what got you into jail has a lot to do with environment. Aka... if drugs were the reason you went in, chances are strong that drugs are still the way you cope when things go pear shape. And if you're back where you used to live, you still know where you can score more and you might get caught again. (1 example, very simplified)

And on the opposite side, the other big factor of your success after prison is dependent on work. Do you have access to employment? With more and more industries cracking down on previous offenders, about 1/3 are left with no way out of those environmental problems. And jail with 3 meals a day and a warm building to sleep in looks a lot better than homelessness. (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_an...)

But by giving them job training, by giving them a path out of their environmental conditions, we can put a large dent in the recidivism rates.

"At Coffee Creek, 89 women have successfully graduated from the Hair Design program and reintegrated into society — and only six have ever returned to prison. In fact, the Hair Design program automatically reduces the chances of returning to prison to a third of the national average, according to Kennedy, who keeps a binder of her success stories from the past 16 years on her desk to encourage current students."

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