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…Read More
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 in Alameda County to begin his college career while still a prisoner of the juvenile…Read More
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.
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.