Prison education pays off in reduction of repeat offenders

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  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    July 29, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    Gosh, ya think? While we're at it, why not also reduce sentences for non-violent offenders, and, best of all, emphasize treatment over incarceration for drug offenders. Our prison record is a national disgrace.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    July 29, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    I find it ironic in one section of the dnews there is a call to end compulsory education for students but in this section it talks about how education pays off for inmates.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 29, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    IMO more education is always "good". Yes, even for those in prison.

    I think more education BEFORE they go to prison could even prevent the rate of first time offenders (not just repeate offenders).

    People who have a good education get a good job. People with a good job don't tend to need to rob or participate in crime. Don't end up in prison... get a good education. (starting to feel like I'm writing a Cable commercial).

    IMO that's why we try so hard to keep kids in school (especially kids in the social/economic group that tend to drop out and get involved in crime later in life). Without an education... what options do they have but a life of crime?

    We should stop focusing on per-pupil spending and focus on better results first. If we are doing well at preparing kids for life (not just for college)... good. If we just spend more and success doesn't improve, and kids keep dropping out... we fail.

    We need to focus on keeping kids interested in education that prepares them for life (not just college). Some kids have no intention of going to college.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 29, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Training is only part of the solution. Those who have served their time need jobs after they get out; jobs provided by people who care more about the person than profit. After being told - for years - how worthless they are, those released prisoners need to hear that they have value; that they are respected; that people care that they have paid the price demanded.

    No person should ever have to spend more time in prison than is required to be rehabilitated and no person should ever be released back into society until he/she is rehabilitated.

    There seems to be a double standard being applied. One poster bemoaned the fact that sex-offenders are required to register wherever they live for the rest of their lives. On July 26th, Matthew Sanders wrote an excellent article encouraging filtering of "porn". Read the posts of those who were against Matthew Sanders' proposal. Read how many of them cried, "Infringement of speech". How many of they don't see the cause/effect relationship between porn and sex-offenses?

    Train prisioners. Support them when they are released. But, keep them out of society until they are rehabilitated.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 29, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Yes, education does pay off. It's too bad we see that possibility in the context of prisons but not society as a whole.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    July 29, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    This is great. Yet, even in the face of studies like this, we still single out sex offenders for a lifetime of punishment by placing them on a special registry.