Rand Corporation

RAND Corporation is massive. Its people number 1,850 across 50 countries, representing 80 languages. More than half of the researchers hold one or two doctorates, and 38 percent hold one or more master’s degrees. Together, this team performs research and analysis so that public policy can be challenged and changed through evidence-based findings. Basically, RAND…

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Prison Scholar Fund

Having spent 16 years behind bars, Dirk Van Velzen is used to the word “no,” however, he may have heard that word more than the average prisoner. Van Velzen went to prison in 1999 on commercial burglary charges – and he got bored. According to his story on Prison Scholar Fund, “he quickly realized that…

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Benefits of Prison Education

More and more people are learning that prison education programs are instrumental in reducing crime and cutting down recidivism. It costs less to educate prisoners (both in and out of prisons, which ultimately leads to lower incarceration rates) than to house offenders in the federal prison system, making education a key tax-reduction strategy as well.…

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Piper Kerman supports prisoner education

Orange is the New Black is an award-winning, hard-hitting, Netflix show that mixes comedy and drama to suck viewers in and keep them enthralled. The story centres on Piper Chapman, whose cozy suburban life is disrupted when an old brush with crossing the law catches up to her. However, did you know that Chapman’s character…

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celebrating the graduation of inmates in Cheshire Correctional Institution

It started out as the Cheshire Reformatory in 1909. The goal of the Reformatory was to keep male prisoners aged 16-24 out of the adult prison population. The Reformatory evolved over the years, and now it’s Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Institution, where male adult offenders carry out long sentences. It’s a level four facility and includes…

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Online Education in Prison Benefits the State and the Student

By Christopher Zoukis Prison education programs benefit everyone. The RAND Corporation, a non-profit global policy think tank, notes offenders that have participated in prison education programs cut their risk of recidivism by 43 percent. If those education programs focused on vocational training, they also raise their employability by 13 percent. “Our findings suggest that we…

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prisoners sit behind desks getting an education

By Christopher Zoukis Do you believe that education is right and not a privilege? According to a poll on debate.org, 69 percent of respondents say education is a basic human right, while 31 percent said it is a privilege. Now let’s get a little controversial. Assuming that the majority of Americans see education as a basic…

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Code/Out and Arke are joining forces to help Female inmates in Georgia learn computer coding skills

By Christopher Zoukis Women in the Georgia prison system are getting a unique learning opportunity, thanks to a partnership between Code/Out and Arke. Code/Out is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing recidivism and poverty among incarcerated women in the Georgia penal system. Code/Out addresses this by teaching female inmates how to code, and how technology…

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