It is with great pleasure that I share with you — the Prison Education News readers — some recent developments in our prison education advocacy efforts. This news concerns several long-term projects that we have been working on behind the scenes and several new projects that we are preparing to engage in. It has been some time since I have provided such an update, so please allow me to update you sufficiently.
Surprise: “College for Convicts” To Be Published By McFarland!
The big news of the month concerns my College for Convicts manuscript. Several months ago I announced that Middle Street Publishing — the same nonprofit which owns and operates PrisonEducation.com and PrisonLawBlog.com — had acquired the rights to my latest prison education text College for Convicts: The Case for a Safer, More Prosperous Country. Well, it appears as if I spoke too soon. Several weeks ago McFarland and Company — a very large nonfiction publisher located in North Carolina — approached us concerning this very text. After several weeks of discussions and negotiations, we’ve come to an agreement. McFarland and Company will be publishing College for Convicts! We are currently in the process of signing the contracts and making the requested revisions.
We’re thrilled with this news because McFarland and Company has a significantly larger reach than we do, and they will be able to put College for Convicts into the hands of academics, public policy makers, and libraries the world over. Their expert backing will allow the College for Convicts project to reach much greater heights and will ensure enhanced staying power. This is truly a win for the prison education lobby and incarcerated students everywhere.