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PRISON BEES: Hagerstown Prison Takes A New Approach to Inmate Rehabilitation

The Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown has a new approach to inmate education, introducing a new beekeeping program that saw its first ...
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Paul's story: life in prison with a learning disability

Paul Wellard speaks out about his experiences after leaving prison. His story reveals the lack of support given to offenders when they leave prison. Do we really ...
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SA prison inmate claims jails are denying access to educational books and dictionaries

SA prison inmate claims jails are denying access to educational books and dictionaries | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
PRISON authorities are denying inmates access to dictionaries and educational books and have declared such material contraband, a whistleblower claims.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, June 21, 2014 8:42 AM

In a letter to The Advertiser, an inmate at one of the state’s highest-security facilities claims the Department for Correctional Services is risking offender rehabilitation with its hard-line stance.

The inmate says guards have confiscated foreign language textbooks and seized copies of catalogues and order forms mailed to him by the publishers of the Oxford Dictionary.

“These oppressive measures prevent prisoners from even attempting to better themselves through educational means while in the South Australian prison system,” he says.

“It is my belief that communication is a crucial element of rehabilitation, so it appears to defy common sense to prevent a prisoner from buying himself a dictionary.”

In his letter, the inmate says he was transferred to Port Augusta Prison in 2012 and had since encountered problems accessing educational materials.

“Frustrated by the boredom of spending over 16 hours, on average, in a cell with no way to better myself, I purchased some reference books to learn a second language,” he says.

“In October 2013, these books were confiscated from me by order of prison management at Port Augusta.”

The letter from the department returning the dictionary.

He says he complained to the State Ombudsman and, four months later, the books were returned to him — only to be confiscated again three months later.

The inmate says that, last month, he wrote to Oxford University Press asking for a catalogue of its publications.

He says inmates can purchase books from outside the prison via its canteen, provided they know the book’s author, title and ISBN number.

“The library here at Port Augusta has very limited resources and prisoners cannot physically access the library,” he says.

“This makes it extremely difficult to get hold of a suitable dictionary when the need arises — if at all.”

Instead of receiving the catalogues, the inmate was given a departmental form letter saying the documents were “not approved or permitted” for the prison and would be disposed of.

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Inmate advocates for more education in prisons

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One prisoner has gone to one of the world’s biggest publications to share his views that more correctional facilities should give inmates a chance to…
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Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose - NPR (blog)

Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose - NPR (blog) | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.
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High security prisoners offered academic course to learn about 'causes of crime' - Telegraph

High security prisoners offered academic course to learn about 'causes of crime' - Telegraph | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
Academics from Durham University will teach criminology to prisoners and students inside Category 'A' jail
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Personalized Learning: A Working Definition

Personalized Learning: A Working Definition | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
A group of philanthropies and school and technology advocacy groups, with contributions from educators, compiled a four-part "working definition" of the attributes of personalized learning.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Personalised learning - this is what we need in our prison service as well.

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Relevant questions with a four-part working definition of the attributes of personalized learning, thus bringing the ideal closer to fruition.

scil's curator insight, January 5, 2015 10:03 AM

Eine gute Übersicht zu den Facetten, die sich hinter dem zur Zeit oft bemühten "Trend" bzw. Schlagwort "personalisiertes Lernen" verbergen.

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Censorship of books in US prisons and schools ‘widespread’ – report to UN

Censorship of books in US prisons and schools ‘widespread’ – report to UN | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
Free-speech organisations find US government is ‘failing to protect the rights of its most vulnerable citizens’ as popular books – including Shakespeare – are banned from institutions

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Jailhouse poets find voice in writing course - New Pittsburgh Courier

Jailhouse poets find voice in writing course - New Pittsburgh Courier | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
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Jailhouse poets find voice in writing course
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For the inmates, Words Without Walls is a chance at education beyond the basics.
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Charts: Kids Are Paying the Price for America's Prison Binge - Mother Jones (blog)

Charts: Kids Are Paying the Price for America's Prison Binge - Mother Jones (blog) | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Charts: Kids Are Paying the Price for America's Prison Binge Mother Jones (blog) As students return to the classroom this fall, one large group of children will be more likely than their peers to suffer learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD,...
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More inmates have special needs - Sharonherald

More inmates have special needs - Sharonherald | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
More inmates have special needs
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Board member John Lechner said it's important for guards to remember that inmates with those problems “just simply may not have the comprehension level to follow what's being asked of them.
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Inmate Moms Learn How to be Moms (and Use Computers) in Harris ...

The jail has been offering an inmate education program for over 30 years to the wider inmate population, giving them vocational training in areas like culinary arts, mechanics, and carpentry. Mentoring Moms was brought to ...
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Educate Not Just Incarcerate - YouTube

Just saying "NO" is not the answer... Arkansas CURE Says “YES” to rehabilitation for those who have erred Join Us… To provide information on criminal ...

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Former inmate gives back by encouraging others to pursue education

Former inmate gives back by encouraging others to pursue education | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
Gina McConnell-Otten turned 12 the day she ran away to escape her abusive home in Lake Stevens. She was 15 when she got addicted to cocaine and 29 when she
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Inmate Educational Platform Gets A “Thumbs Up” | Keep Bailing

The maker of an electronic, self-learning driven platform learning system that's geared toward reducing recidivism is receiving some pretty high marks. Jail Education Solutions says that when inmates are provided with ...
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Inmates study crime and punishment

Inmates study crime and punishment | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
The taxpayer last year funded Open University courses to the tune of ?135,000 so that prison inmates could study the likes of creative writing, art, and even crime.

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Helen Farley's curator insight, May 4, 2015 2:48 AM

Education is one of the most effective ways of reducing recidivism rates. Let's encourage prison education!

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English PEN marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer by launching ‘Time to Read’ e-Book

English PEN marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer by launching ‘Time to Read’ e-Book | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
PEN launches a new e-book collection of work by writers at risk and former PEN cases from all over the globe
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For Many With Disabilities, Special Education Leads To Jail - Disability Scoop

For Many With Disabilities, Special Education Leads To Jail - Disability Scoop | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
Far too often, students with disabilities end up on a path to prison when their behavioral and emotional issues are not well addressed at school, experts say.
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Pumpkins grown by Utah prison inmates delivered to children - Salt Lake Tribune

Pumpkins grown by Utah prison inmates delivered to children - Salt Lake Tribune | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
The great pumpkin patch at the Utah State Prison has once again produced a bumper crop of pumpkins — more than 2,000 — for children with significant multiple disabilities and at-risk and hospitalized children.
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Prison is 'college of criminality' - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Prison is 'college of criminality' - Jackson Clarion Ledger | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
Rather than deterring crime, incarceration made young offenders more likely to reoffend.
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A decade-long study of 35,000 juveniles examined those who committed similar offences. Some did time. Some didn't.

 

Rather than deterring crime, incarceration made them far more likely to return, the study by Anna Aizer of Brown University and Joseph Doyle Jr. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded.

 

Overall, young offenders were two-thirds more likely to be incarcerated again by the age of 25 than those who never did time, according to the study. In fact, these youth were more likely to commit "homicide, violent crime, property crime and drug crimes" than those who never went behind bars, the study found.

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CPSU position on NSP in ACT prison unjustifiable

CPSU position on NSP in ACT prison unjustifiable | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, responds to Wednesday's article.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 18, 2014 8:24 PM

Following on from yesterday's post about the obstruction of the NSP trial, PHAA's Michael Moore makes the case for harm reduction as an integral part of public health policy.

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Inmates offer training to homeless dogs and learn new skills in the process - TXK Today

Inmates offer training to homeless dogs and learn new skills in the process - TXK Today | Prisoner learning | Scoop.it
Inmates offer training to homeless dogs and learn new skills in the process
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Paws in Prison is made possible through Arkansas Department of Correction's (ADC) partnership with animal shelters and animal advocate groups around the state.
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