From Prison to Phi Theta Kappa: How One Oakland Youth Is Helping Change the Juvenile Justice System

By Jon Leckie When Jonathan Roach graduated from high school, he was thirsty for higher education, but as an inmate in Alameda County’s Juvenile Hall, the opportunity didn’t exist. Yet despite his lack of resources, Roach became the first person

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Maine’s Prison Education Program

From the University of Rockland, Maine  comes a prison education program that is seeing prisoners graduate with higher education degrees.

Classes that are available through the Maine Prison Education Program offer an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts as well as academic classes that include basic computer instruction, GED prep, typing, English, horticulture, science, and college prep math.  College classes are also offered over ITV (interactive television).  Special programs, such as art, creative writing, music, literature, language, and a pre-release exit program, are also offered by the Education Department.

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Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility Graduates 25 Boys

At the end of October 2011, twenty-five teenaged boys earned their high-school diplomas while being held at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility in Indiana. The teens earned their degrees through Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility’s Vantage Pointe Learning Center.

Many of these teenagers are high-school drop-outs and without a GED, have little chance of finding a job and contributing to society upon release. Because they now have GED’s, they may be eligible to enroll in college programs to further their education.

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