Prisoners deserve education

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  • Anonymous
    June 1, 2008 7:55 p.m.

    "Collage" education isn't hard to pay for...

    Just get a couple of old magazines and some glue...

  • Mitch
    June 1, 2008 5:49 p.m.

    Have we tried using educated criminals to educate the less intelligent criminal. There are many intelligent prisoners that can add value to society by developing curricula and course content. Alternatively we can arrange for the same curricula/tests that are condcted by the local colleges to be placed on line and have prisoners study on line and have the assistance of prisoners who are more educated.

    Since these prisoners have so much time on their hands there is no reason why this cannot be achieved.

  • anonymous
    June 1, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    Why do they deserve more than law abiding citizen? They do not deserve free education because they want to cry about the situation they were in before. I am tired of hearing that. Give them a 2nd chance but they need to do it themselves not make us pay for it. I am tired of giving criminals and illegals everything why law abiding americans go without.

  • Chris Plummer
    June 1, 2008 1:03 p.m.

    All prisoners in our prisons made the choices that put them there. But it is short-sighted to think that there weren't factors in society that may have put them in the situations they were in to begin with. Giving people a 2nd chance to redeem themselves is important to me. We don't want to lock them up forever, or over and over, so educating them is the best we can do.

  • education and welfare
    June 1, 2008 10:27 a.m.

    i obeys the laws pay my taxes why can't i get some help with collage education? we pay millions on social welfare programs where if we would direct most of that money helping people get degrees and be self suffient it would save this country money in the long run, kind of goes back to the give a man a fish he only benefits for a day teach a man to fish he benefits a lifetime. i guess if i break laws i can get help with education? there is an idea! a real incentive! free food roof over my head and education and gym free tv i would have it made, just refer to prison and a "PUD or a gated community!"

  • jr
    June 1, 2008 9:32 a.m.

    High school education but not college when many law biding citizens paying taxes to support the criminal can't even send their own kids to college, why then should their taxes pay for college?

  • Mike Richards
    June 1, 2008 9:17 a.m.

    While I don't agree with the premise that "prisoners deserve education", from a strictly pragmatic point of view, if educating a prisoner actually works, if that prisoner actually modifies his behavior and becomes an asset to society rather than a liability, and if educating a prisoner is cost effective, i.e., less expensive than continual, life-long incarceration, then let's support any workable education program.

    It is more than obvious that traditional approaches to 'reform' are not working. The worst thing that we can do is to lock someone up for years and then expect him to be able to function in normal society just because he is out of his cell.

    I would rather see education coupled with sponsorship, where a company or individual would be responsible to hand-hold a newly released prisoner for as long as it took to allow the ex-prisoner time to adjust back into society. Releasing a prisoner by declaring that he has paid his debt to society without rehabilitation serves no good purpose.

    To ensure that a prisoner values an education, he should be required to repay at least a portion of the expense of that education after being released and after being employed.