By Christopher Zoukis In a welcome move, Governor Terry McAuliffe is making Virginia the only state to offer state prisoners college credit for five career and technical education courses recommended by ACE CREDIT­ – the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. Founded in 1918, ACE is the major co-ordinating body for all of…

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PRISON EDUCATION IS THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION FOR OUR BROKEN CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM. Every week, it seems, we hear a little bit more about the sweeping reforms needed to fix America’s broken criminal justice system. It’s encouraging to hear acknowledgment by U.S. government leaders – President Barack Obama, even – that the ‘lock them up and…

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Some years ago an inmate at SCI Gratford Prison Pennsylvania conceived of an entirely new approach to prison education, designed not only to enlighten its participants intellectually but socially as well. Through its implementation, it’s succeeded in providing prisoners with hope, and breaking down barriers between social groups. Called “Inside-Out classes,” an inmate by the…

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By Alice Hu / Harvard Political Review Education reduces crime. This connection seems like common sense, and indeed it has been researched, analyzed, and affirmed countless times. According to a 2007 study by researchers at Columbia University, Princeton University, and City University of New York, higher education reduces the crime rates of both juveniles and…

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By Justin L. Donohue  Image courtesy zimbio.com I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate these messages (Prison News Service). I have learned so much since I started reading them. I also wanted you to know that as of last Friday, I am one of 12 inmates that were able to graduate mid-year…

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