Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

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Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise
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Available February 7, 2019

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Almost 650,000 men and women, approximately the size of Memphis, Tennessee, return home from prison every year. Oftentimes with some pocket change and a bus ticket, they reenter society and struggle to find work, housing, and a supportive social network. Economic barriers, the stigma of a felony conviction, and mental health and addiction challenges make reentry a bleak picture, leading some to return to a life of crime. A Department of Justice study of 404,638 inmates in 30 states released in 2005, for example, identified that 68 percent were rearrested within three years and 77 percent within five years of release.

Education and workforce readiness programs must be central components in better preparing individuals to successfully reenter society — and stay out of prison. This book compiles chapters written by individuals on the right and the left of the political spectrum — and within and outside the fields of prison education and reentry — that address this need for reform. Chapters feature the voices of prominent national figures pushing for reform, current and former students who have benefited from an education program while in prison, those teaching or managing educational programs within prison, and researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy influencers.

Contents

Introduction
Gerard Robinson and Elizabeth English Smith

College in Prison: A Historical Narrative
Max Kenner

The Economics of Prisoner Reentry

Stan Veuger and Daniel Shoag

Second Chance Pell Pilot Program: From Policy to Practice
Andrea Cantora

Reentry Programs, Evaluation Methods and the Importance of Fidelity
Nancy La Vigne

The Legal Case for Education in Prison
Ames C. Grawert

Young Men’s Initiative: Nine Lessons for Elected Officials, Investors, and Criminal Justice Advocates
Linda Gibbs

Collateral Damage: The War on Drugs and the Impact on Women, Children, and Families
Renita L. Seabrook

The Importance of Work
Will Heaton

Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and New Opportunities to Reform Criminal Justice
Thomas Stewart

Student Voices
Karen Jones, Brian Amaro, Salih Israil, Marcus Lilly, and Michelle Jones

Conclusion
Gerard Robinson and Elizabeth English Smith 

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