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 theRead More
By Michael Virtanen New York University has enrolled 36 inmates in English classes at Wallkill Correctional Facility in the Hudson Valley. Their first courses are “Literary Analysis and the Politics of Interpretation” and “Critical Perspectives on Justice through Creative Writing.”Read More
By Christopher Zoukis A short distance from Delhi sits Tihar jail, one of the largest prisons in the world. The ten sub-jails within the prison complex are home to more than 13,500 inmates. Situated on the plains of northern India,Read More
By Greta Kaul / SF Gate San Quentin is home to the Prison University Project, the largest on-site college-in-prison program among California state prisons. Inmates in PUP earn their associate’s degree for free, with volunteer instructors from schools like StanfordRead More
Image courtesy fast-fwd.org By Anne Field / Forbes When we last met Jail Education Solutions earlier this year, the startup was part of FastFWD, a social enterprise accelerator in Philly focused on public safety. Now, it just launched a pilot ofRead More
1789: Correctional Education Movement in the United States began with clergyman (Religious Society of Friends) William Rogers offering instruction to inmates at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Jail.
1816: Elizabeth Fry began teaching women inmates and their children to read in London’s Newgate Gaol. This example later served as a model for American women prison reformers.
1820s: Rival penitentiary plans were put into effect: The Auburn ( New York ) Plan had inmates sleep alone but come together to work. The Pennsylvania Model kept prisoners in solitary confinement for the entire period of their incarceration.
1820s & 1830s: American women concerned themselves with the plight of female prisoners during the Second Great Awakening, which popularized perfectionist theology, advocating the possibility of individual and social salvation.
1825: The first institution for juvenile delinquents, the New York House of Refuge, opened its doors. Prior to this, children were often housed with adults in prisons.
1826: Jared Curtis became the first chaplain of New York ‘s Auburn Prison. He gave 160 students in 31 classes Bible instruction.