First of all, according to Ken Macur, president at Medaille College, “free prison education should be given to most of the inmates because this program aims to reduce recidivism in inmates.” For those inmates went to prison while they are young this becomes an opportunity for them to be useful when they get out. Also those who see prison as a haven for them and commit a crime again after leaving the jail get to fit well while they are out. Those who doubt this education given to prisoners saying that it is not necessary. As they advocate for them to remain there as long as possible (Maximino,2014). Recidivism makes it expensive for prison department to maintain them every time they are back to committing a crime again, this is according to David MacKune Lansing Correctional facility in Kansas. With this education in prison most of the prisoners will be a useful citizen while they are out and they will never think of going back to prison.
Secondly, providing quality education to most of the inmates gives real possibility transformation of inmates into community champion of change. According to Dominica Kimberly Moe a lecturer who teaches prisoners at DePaul University. Dominica Kimberly Moe goes ahead to say that, education for inmates play a vital role for people of colour like blacks who have been neglected in their neighbourhood who do not go to school and turn to crime(Moe,2017). Such communities do benefit from this education program which nurtures their unrealised abilities, so as they come back to the community they are influential people who can be a good role model to others. After incarceration when they are back, those who are still locked in crime will change as they see those who were in prison as a new person.
Thirdly, “prisoner education is a smart investment, reduces crime” this are words of Loretta Taylor a prison dean of education at Walla Walla community college. Taylor goes on to say, investing in prison education will make the majority of prisoners to be responsible people in the society who can benefit the community and their families. With the training the prisoners will begin to see themselves as students and not convicts, this is the first step for the prisoners becoming a law-abiding citizen (Taylor,2015). With education the convicts while they are out they become taxpayer who will contribute to the society as well as the education will reduce the rate at which people go back to jail.
Lastly, “prison education should be given a top priority in all correctional facility in the country”. According to Andrew Cuomo New York governor who reminds those who are in prison that they should not take prison as a warehouse and should see prison as a rehabilitation place (Bruinius, 2016). Prisoners education is a long-term saving for taxpayers whose money are used to facilitate this education but in long last the investment is realised when the inmates are out. According to Fred Patrick, “Most now want individuals to return home prepared to get meaningful employment, so they can take care of themselves and their families – to be law-abiding, tax-paying citizens.” Patrick continues by saying,g that education program in those prisons must be supported by all well-wishers who want the best for the people in jail. Many of prison warders have confirmed that a lot of inmates have the urge of education because the majority of them come from the humble background. So these inmates benefit massively from the education which they are offered for free in prison who alienate with university and community college to educate them.
Bruinius, Harry. “Should-prisoners-get-a-free-college-degree.” 01 12 2016. CS MONITOR. Document. 13 April 2018.
Maximino, Martin. “The effects of prison education programs.” 3 June 2014. https://journalistsresource.org. Document. 13 April 2018.
Moe, Dominica Kimberly. “How Educating Inmates Benefits All.” 03 September 2017. https://www.nytimes.com. Document. 13 April 2018.
Taylor, Loretta. “Prison education is a smart investment, reduces crime.” 9 October 2015. https://www.seattletimes.com. Document. 13 April 2018.