Correctional Education Crucial to Inmates’ Future Success

America’s prison population began to spike in 1975. But why? Prior to that time, the incarceration rate was pretty level. Since the late 70s, though, prisons have become more packed each year. Longer sentences and expanded enforcement and imprisonment of drug-related

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Folsom Prison Programs Improve Lives Inside and Outside its Walls

By Christopher Zoukis Johnny Cash may have talked about time “draggin’ on” at Folsom Prison in his ’60s-era hit song, but times at California’s second oldest prison have changed. Folsom State Prison first opened in 1880 and has come a

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Nearly Half of Prisoners Lack Access to Vocational Training

By Christopher Zoukis In the ongoing discussion of prison reform, mass incarceration and reducing recidivism, vocational programs are often overlooked in favor of formal educational courses and other activities and programming. Maybe it is assumed that most incarcerated individuals have

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Florida Community Initiative Supports Female Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners

By Christopher Zoukis A forward-thinking group in Florida is helping women both in and outside of prison to empower themselves and help better their lives and families, after recognizing that many of their needs were not being met in the

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Internet Access Is a Human Right. Should Prisoners Have It?

By Christopher Zoukis Internet and computer access dominates most people’s lives to a major degree in many countries around the world. More than 45 percent of the world population has an internet connection at home — that’s fast approaching 4

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Virtual Reality Behind Bars For Real Change

By 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 educational institutions. But could these technologies someday be used behind bars? In prisons, where

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Books Behind Bars Mean Better Outcomes

By Christopher Zoukis Evidence is overwhelming prisoners benefit in myriad ways when they have access to books and education. An increase in education of any kind is connected to reducing recidivism, as reported by the 2013 Rand Corporation Study, and

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Technology Boosts Prison Education

By Christopher Zoukis Technology use has grown in all aspects of life outside of prisons, including in classrooms. Prison classrooms and communities can also benefit greatly from the use of technology. There are many benefits to using technology within all

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