Prison Education Programs

Congress Weighs Future of Second Chance Pell Grants

By Christopher Zoukis In 1994, as part of the Clinton-era tough on crime “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act,” Congress stripped from the Higher Education Act of 1956 (HEA) prisoners’ eligibility for federal Pell grants for lower-income students. But in July 2015, the Obama Department of Education (DOE) created a pilot “Second Chance” program…

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Legislators Support TV over Education in New York State Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis While combating idleness and restlessness in America’s prisons is certainly necessary to avoid disruptions and violence, how this is accomplished is up for debate. Lawmakers in New York State said no to a proposal this month, during the last legislative session, made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that would allocate $1 million a…

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College for Convicts: New Study Proposes $60BN Annual Budget Cut – By Providing Higher Education in Nation’s Prisons

  The study, conducted by legal commentator Christopher Zoukis, concludes that offering post-secondary and academic education to prisoners can cut $60 billion from the national budget every year – without scrapping existing programs. Zoukis has compiled his research and findings into College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons, a game-changing new…

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Why Prison Reform Is Good For All Of US

By Dianne Frazee-Walker According to educator and author, David Chura, advocating for prison reform does not mean “soft on crime.” What it does mean is people who can see the truth are tired of watching the prison system working against crime and safety. When Chura and other prison reform advocates propose approaches to lower the…

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Call for Information on Correspondence Educational Programs

By Christopher Zoukis, Prison Law Blog’s sister website, is in the process of updating a text which profiles various correspondence education programs which prisoners can enroll in.  The text — “Education Behind Bars,” which I authored — has been substantially revised and will be published in a different form in 2014 by Middle Street…

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The Center for Legal Studies

By Dianne Frazee-Walker

The Center for Legal Studies (CLS), founded by an attorney in 1980, is a 33-year-old nationwide legal education company that provides Live Lecture, Online, DVD, and Text-Only flexible curriculums for inmates or the public. Upon finishing a course students earn a certificate of completion from one of 150+ participating accredited colleges and universities throughout the country. 

From California to New York – Montana to Texas; 51 college and universities that partner with CLS offer the “Text Only” versions, specifically designed for inmates. These correspondence courses enable an incarcerated student to take a variety legal education courses without the use of computers or on-site instructors. Opportunities are available for students to gain exceptional legal training and earn certificates from well named schools from just about anywhere in the country.

Two leading universities have paved the way for text-only education directed towards incarcerated students. Adams State University located in Alamosa, Colorado (ASU), and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (OU) have taken special interest in marketing the text-only division.  ASU offers CLS’s courses as part of a degree program which if a student qualifies would enable them to utilize Federal Student Aid. Ohio University was the first college to develop “College for the Incarcerated” and exclusively markets CLS courses as well as many other courses that are custom-tailored for inmates.

Christopher Zoukis author of Education Behind Bars and prison education expert says, “I know of the Center for Legal Studies.  They work with Adams State University, a school I’m currently taking a few courses through.  Small world.  I like those guys a lot.  I think that the Center for Legal Studies is one of the best programs out there for incarcerated students.”

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