Just read this wonderful article from U.S. News & World Report by the incredible Gerard Robinson and Elizabeth English from the American Enterprise Institute.
So glad to see some incredible prison education programs highlighted in this article, just goes to show some of the good work that many universities are doing.
Their conclusions are really what hits home for me though:
“The takeaway is this: Innovative thinking is essential to raising the bar for those currently incarcerated.
As criminal justice reform continues to occupy the American electorate, more emphasis should be given to how education can help reform the prison system. As Congress considers criminal justice reform legislation, policymakers should push for measures that direct resources and research toward high quality models that reimagine prisons and offer the incarcerated a fresh start in life.”
I want to repeat the main takeaway, “innovative thinking is essential to raising the bar for those currently incarcerated.”
We must do more to develop better and more creative programming to ensure equal access to education and lower recidivism. These programs work, but only if we fund them and widen their reach.