Texas Non-Profit Helps Felons Start Their Own Businesses

Inmate reform

By Christopher Zoukis The Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP), a Texas-based non-profit formed in 2004, assists inmates convicted of felonies to prepare for life after prison by developing skills and character, finding post-release employment, and eventually making a success with their own businesses. The group’s current CEO Bryan Kelley is a…

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BOP Education Revamp in Doubt as Chief Sacked

By Christopher Zoukis In its waning days, Obama administration officials announced plans to expand education efforts in federal prisons and to provide more direction and oversight to the programs previously run separately at each facility. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced in late November 2016 that for the first time,…

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BOP Education Program Revamp in Doubt as Chief Sacked

The orange jumpsuit and right tattooed arm of a prison inmate is pictured reading a book in prison

By Christopher Zoukis In its waning days, Obama administration officials announced plans to expand education efforts in federal prisons and to provide more direction and oversight to the programs previously run separately at each facility. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced in late November that for the first time, the…

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Report Documents U.S. Recidivism Rates for Federal Prisoners

By Christopher Zoukis The U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), an independent agency within the judicial branch which writes federal sentencing guidelines and studies federal crime and sentencing policies, on March 9 released a major new study, ‘Recidivism Among Federal Offenders: A Comprehensive Overview’. Drawing on data on more than 25,400 former…

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We need to “Ban the Box”

Stephanie George is serving as a stark reminder that despite recent prison reform announcements, we cannot be complacent, that the struggle for re-integration does not end outside prison walls. George had been given a life sentence for “letting her former boyfriend keep drugs in their Florida home,” and assisted in…

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Call for Information on Correspondence Educational Programs

By Christopher Zoukis PrisonEducation.com, 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…

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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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Education in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis All federal prisons have some form of educational programming for the inmates housed at their institution.  Typically, the prison’s Education Department is where educational programming is centered.  This could be a stand-alone building, a wing of a larger building, or a special room which is used for…

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What Happened To Prison Education Programs?

Analysis: Marlene Martin THE 1960s were turbulent years; social change was in the air. Jim Crow  segregation was dismantled, and the civil rights movement brought  questions of racial and social justice into every household–and also  into every prison. As people sought to change society on the outside, so did prisoners…

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