North Carolina Prisons Add Technology to Rehabilitation Toolbox

By Christopher Zoukis There are more than 37,000 inmates in 55 prison facilities in North Carolina. Each year, more than 20,000 inmates are released. In fact, 98% of the entire country’s inmates will be released at some point in the

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States Should Follow Feds On Rethinking Private Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis Recently the US Department of Justice announced they would be closing all privately run federal prisons, declining to renew contracts, or significantly reducing the scope of private prison contracts. This comes following a report from the Justice

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Real reform only possible through prison education

PRISON EDUCATION IS THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION FOR OUR BROKEN CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM. By Christopher Zoukis Every week, it seems, we hear a little bit more about the sweeping reforms needed to fix America’s broken criminal justice system. It’s encouraging to

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Pell Grants Extended to Support Prison Education

In the spring of 2015, the Obama administration made the exciting announcement that it would allow colleges at select prisons to provide face-to-face instruction to select prisoners. Titled The Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, it will assist released prisoners “get

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Behind Bars, But Not The Times

By Eric Markowitz At first glance, APDS looks like your typical tech startup: A bunch of young, bearded guys hanging out and working on MacBooks in a cavernous loft in Manhattan. There’s plush vintage furniture and chalkboard walls. There’s even

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Senator Seeks Insight on Prison Education Program

By Jennifer Sheridan U.S. Sen. John Cornyn visited the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony to see how the prisoners are receiving education and college credits during their sentence. The education is provided by Trinity Valley Community College educators and prisoners

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Law Classes Educate Inmates at Kenya’s Langata Women’s Prison

By Gabe Joselow At a women’s prison in Nairobi, Kenyan inmates are taking the law into their own hands. Law classes have helped inmates launch their own appeals and defend themselves in court. In a classroom behind bars, three inmates

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The Next Tech Boom Is Taking Place Behind Bars

By Joseph Erbentraut When San Francisco-based venture capitalists Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti walked into San Quentin State Prison in 2010 to speak with a group of inmates that a friend was mentoring, they didn’t know what exactly to expect.

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Indian-American to Lead Prison Education Initiative in New York

Dr Nikhil Pal Singh, an Indian-American professor, is leading a unique New York University initiative to bring college education to the inmates of a medium-security prison in New York state. Backed by a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, NYU’s

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