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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Prison college a good investment in rehabilitation"

Updating this ILB entry from June 17th, State Impact Indiana had a long report by Kyle Stokes on July 4th headed "What Indiana Will Miss With The State Prisons’ College Programs Gone." It begins:

A program allowing Indiana prisoners to earn college degrees from behind bars produced its last class of graduates this past year.

Lawmakers barred offenders from receiving state scholarships in 2011, cutting off the primary source of funding for Indiana’s Correctional Education Program.

Once one of the largest initiatives of its kind in the nation, the educational program filled a critical need. Research has long shown offenders with post-secondary education are much less likely to return to prison.

Corrections officials say they’ll now focus on more “realistic” alternatives, such as the job-training and certification programs the prisons already offer. But others say vocational education isn’t enough.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 5, 2012 10:11 AM
Posted to Indiana Government