The Importance Of Education In Prisons

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Education is so valuable and can never be taken away from you making you unique. Criminology is the scientific and interdisciplinary study of the nature, extent, causes, control, and prevention of criminal behavior in both the individual and society. Within the field of Criminology there are many problems and concerns that have yet to be attended to or fixed. In the United States there should be more education opportunities in prisons and correctional facilities. Prison inmates first became eligible on a large scale to participate in prison programs in 1965, under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Pell Grants became available to low-income inmates applying for federal education assistance with less than one percent of the six billion-dollar…show more content…
They will have increased their confidence, purpose, and hope while also improving their ability to think critically and make better choices and decisions. This is essential because they will believe they are something more than a common criminal, and then they will have more hope in themselves than what they believed to have had before. They will build a stronger relationship with their friends and family as well as their future coworkers. Having an education will make them more productive citizens and will keep them out of trouble as they become more interactive with the community. Most importantly they would become role models to kids who are on a bad path by showing their ability to overcome adversity through education. They would show everyone that no matter what situation you are in; you can do anything you want if you are determined and work hard enough for it. Not only will education impact their selves, but will also impact and benefit our…show more content…
By not only reducing the crime rate, it will reduce the amount of prisoners being rearrested and sent back to prison. By these inmates not being sent back to prison this will reduce the money that taxpayers would have to spend. Hudson Link is a privately funded education program for prisons in the state of New York. They pay for inmates who want an education and these inmates have proven to make a change to themselves and our society. The United States is home to less than five percent of the world’s population, but we hold nearly twenty-five percent of the world’s prison population with more than two million people are incarcerated in the United States. It cost the state of New York sixty thousand dollars to incarcerate one person, and in New York there are fifty-six thousand adults incarcerated. Hudson Link found that it would cost on average of five thousand dollars per year for seven years for their inmates to get a bachelor’s degree. Hudson Link saves New York taxpayers more than ten million dollars per year. The national rate of re-incarceration across the United States is forty-three percent, but less than two percent of Hudson Link alumni have returned to prison in over sixteen years. This program comes to show that education in prison facilities is effective and beneficial to our
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