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Forum Post: Editorial: Lift state ban on higher-education funding for prison inmates

Posted 1 year ago on March 21, 2013, 10:40 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (21785)
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EDUCATION helps lower prison recidivism rates, thereby reducing crime. Washington legislators should lift a ban on using state funds for higher education in prison.

House Higher Education Committee Chairman Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, proposes House Bill 1429 to allow the state Department of Corrections to reallocate the agency’s existing education funds to include higher education.

Two decades ago, the Legislature prohibited using state money for postsecondary in-prison education programs.

Federal grants and other private resources currently pay for in-prison associate-degree programs. Inmates engaged in learning are easier to manage, numerous studies have found. They also are better prepared with job skills and vocational training to return to society and contribute to a more productive workforce for in-prison jobs. HB 1429 would help expand associate-degree programs in prison.

About 60 percent of the 17,371 state inmates are serving sentences of 10 years or fewer. Many are enrolled in skills-building efforts. Nearly 3,000 are enrolled in Basic Education and vocational programs. An additional 360 are enrolled in the associate-degree programs at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, the Washington State Penitentiary and the Academic Degree Programs through Walla Walla Community College.

For every $5,000 invested in education, there is a $20,000 benefit in cost savings from fewer costly incarcerations and use of social services, according to a Washington State Institute of Public Policy report ordered by the 2009 state Legislature. Further savings come from crimes avoided, including property losses, medical costs, lost earnings and costs associated with a reduced quality of life. Read the rest here

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[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20616) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

No.no, we don't want to publicly fund education. Haven't you been paying attention? The goal is to privatize education, and harness the citizenry in the yoke of consumerism - hadn't you heard? Consumerism - it's our patriotic duty. The public must be shackled to our various schemes designed for the purpose of monetization - it's for their own good.

We cannot use tax monies to purchase for the individual that which will produce debt - that's insane! Never mind the perceived benefit which is presumed to accrue from reducing recidivism by such means - it's hogwash! Think only of the lost interest from reductions in lending.

Now, if it can be shown that a block party of one kind or another, with the proper marketing, will bring in outside revenue through an increase in tourism for example, why, on that, we will be content to spend millions in tax revenue to properly advertise and host block party or circus style events.

AFter all, those good citizens, good consumers, need properly choreographed forms of entertainment to blunt the edge of drudgery and despair that has become the sum of their lives a decade or two post graduation . . . and so help to ease that burden of gold that does weigh heavy in their pocket.

As for all those who do not comply with our scheme of indebtedness - they belong in prison - which of course fits perfectly with the entire process of privatization for the purpose of capital gain - the general citizenry is quite content - through fear - to ensure proper revenue levies to maintain funding levels for the purpose of incarceration - for these incarcerated are but dirty, unwashed . . . and so, let them remain - ignorant.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (21785) 1 year ago

I'm sorry. I don't know what the hell I was thinking. I forgot we were in the no critical thinking allowed age of 'Merica.

[-] 1 points by adamaronson (3) 1 year ago

Through increased education access for the imprisoned, Education from the Inside Out Coalition (EIO) is working to help diminish the system of mass incarceration. We seek to see the restoration of Pell grants, Tapp grants (in NY), and the proliferation of all educational experiences to provide the greatest opportunity for successful reentry as well as promoting more humane carceral conditions. Please take a moment to watch our video and consider signing our petition:

Campaign Video: http://bit.ly/EIOVideo

Change.org Petition: http://chn.ge/EIOPell

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[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20616) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

That is as fine a list of Diabolic Nepotism as has ever been found - all of which has what, exactly, to do with the topic of education and recidivism in the state of Washington?

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