- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: McFarland Publishing (Oct. 14 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786495332
- ISBN-13: 978-0786495337
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.5 x 22.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,352,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons Paperback – Dec 31 2014
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"Zoukis gives excellent examples to demonstrate that the U.S. would benefit from higher education for inmates in prison. A strongly suggested purchase. Highly recommended"--Choice; "important, highly sensible, and pragmatic new book"--The Huffington Post.
About the Author
Christopher Zoukis is the founder of www.prisoneducation.com, and a contributing writer to The Huffington Post and Prison Legal News. Zoukis advocates for the public and lawmakers to expand educational offerings for prisoners. He is incarcerated at FCI Petersburg Medium, Virginia.
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Rather, this is a book not really for prisoners, but for anyone concerned about the state of our overstressed prisons... euphemistically called "corrections." For Christopher Zoukis documents the reality that prison is no longer about correction or rehabilitation. Whether it is a lack of interest or just a lack of adequate funds, almost every viable program aimed at rehabilitating the ever-increasing number of prisoners in this country has been cut back to the point where only lip service is paid to the hope that those released will return to the community and pursue successful and crime-free lives.
Starting with a brief history of prisons and prison rehabilitation (Did you realize that our nation's prisons go back only to 1791?) the book moves quickly to the reality that today, prison education programs have been stripped by the withdrawal of Pell grants to support prison education. What is left are mostly mandated programs aimed at providing GED education for those inmates lacking even a high school diploma. Any inmate desiring higher education is left pretty much on his own. There are a few notable exceptions--what Zoukis calls "oases in the desert"-- but these are so few and far between that for most of the 2.3 million men and women in our nation's prisons, they are still out of reach.
It is not my intention to summarize the book, but if you are concerned, as I am, about why a country with just 5% of the world's population incarcerates 25% of the world's prisoners, you NEED to read this book. It is not a book for inmates. It is a book for everyone.
So when I started reading Christopher Zoukis’s book, “College for Convicts”, I felt he brought up a lot of great points. He is very well educated on this topic and I value what he had to say in his book. He shows a workable solution to put this idea into place. Christopher also shows that with each level of education a prisoner receives there is a less violence, crime and social disruption.
I recommend this book to anyone that has ever discussed this idea with others. Christopher will give you insight you might not have had prior to reading his book.
College for Convicts is an interesting read and I would bet it would raise thoughts that you possibly didn’t think about before reading.