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What if prison was college?

From Jeff Smith's talk it's very obvious that a lot of criminals are very intelligent, even without formal school. In fact one study (1) shows that 1 in 10 high school drop outs end up in jail. Prison is just a waiting game, inmates do not have many amenities, but what they do have is time. In very simple terms the proposal is every inmate is required to be enrolled in the prison's education system. While at this prison inmates must stay in good academic standing and are rewarded for good grades. Failing grades will result in discharge to another prison. After graduation terms of release can be discussed.

What do you think the rate would be for repeat offenses after release?
Is cost the biggest problem with this proposal?

1.) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/09/education/09dropout.html?_r=0

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  • Feb 11 2013: For many lawyers it was before they became an attorney.
    It should be a school for them after they become an attorney.

    Education is a good thing but it doesn't necessarily erase the stigma of being a felon.
    They still have to get a job and though their prospects will certainly be better than having none or little in the way of work skills that will pay well, time is not on their side (no pun intended), and for those who have been institutionalized, not finding work could and most likely does, contribute to recidivism.

    Students in the real world manipulate the system in all kinds of ways. So too would inmates.
    Their main reason to study would be successful release from prison.
    But since many have passed through the bars, oops, passed the bar, they then use their skills at deception, dishonesty and so on to make money. I'm talking about lawyers, not felons.

    Today the U.S. incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world. Remember this statement.
    Prisons are becoming privately owned businesses. They trade on the stock market. With their fellow criminals, of course.
    To be a successful prison business, to compete with others in your company line, to grow, show and make a profit each year and make profits that increase year to year, your business needs more and more customers, not less.

    That means more criminals are needed to keep these new entrepreneurs in business. Locking people up is a widening, spreading career that many will go into because of the pay and because they are locking people up and not being locked up.
    Remember that line? The U.S. incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world?
    Well, the odds of you, your family members, friends and so on, has and will increase in your favor, that you or they will go to prison in your life. This applies to mainly younger folk, most likely 40 years of age and under.
    The answer is yes, too many people are in prison.

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