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Sara Mayeux

Illinois Study: Prison Education Programs Are Withering Away

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The above video features interviews not just with former Illinois inmates, but also with corrections officials on the value of prison education programs, in light of the fact that 90% of inmates are eventually released. The John Howard Association recently released a study showing that Illinois has allowed its prison vocational and educational programs to wither away over the past decade, despite research showing that men and women who participate in such programs are less likely to commit new crimes after release. Also check out the recently redesigned JHA website. Founded in 1901, JHA is the oldest prison reform group in Illinois.

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June 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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  1. I don’t think anyone would argue with the unfortunate reality that states are cutting prison programs or that programs are beneficial. That’s happened across the nation – certainly in my state of Ohio. But the question is how to provide the programs with shrinking state budgets and overcrowded prisons. Many prisons are down to skeleton security staff and can’t man smaller programs. The more tool-intensive the training (as are most of the manual labor programs), the more supervision that has to be provided, or else the prison would be facing costly legal issues regarding security.

    Really, it’s an impossible situation Prisons don’t have money to fund programs, so inmates aren’t trained, so they can’t find jobs upon release, so they commit crimes, so more inmates are in the system, so prisons don’t have money, etc.


    June 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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