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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NY Launches Degree Program at State Prison in Hudson Valley

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.”

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San Quentin’s Prison University Gives Inmates Freedom to Learn

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 Stanford

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Startup’s Education Platform For Curbing Recidivism Launches Pilot In Philly Prison

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 of

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Prison Education: Evolution

By Christopher Zoukis

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.  Image courtesy depositphotos.com

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.

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