Next City, an amazing nonprofit organization reanalyzing cities, just came out with a great article entitled “Digitizing the 21st-Century Prison” (article link at the bottom). While there is a fair amount of research out there on the impact of technology in prisons on both programming and inmates themselves, I was really happy to see this article take an educational approach.
One of the biggest challenges that prison education programs face is mirroring a traditional classroom environment in a correctional institution. In previous years, classrooms did not require technology. The only necessities were students and teachers. In current institutions though, technology plays a massive role in the everyday classroom, especially in online learning (where a lot of education in prisons happens). How do we bring the internet and updated educational technology into prisons? Next City provides some really interesting solutions.