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Convicted and CondemnedThe Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry$
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Keesha M. Middlemass

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724392

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724392.001.0001

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Education’s Failed Promise

Education’s Failed Promise

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Convicted and Condemned

Keesha M. Middlemass

NYU Press

Felons are characterized as a hard-to-employ population who have limited educational achievement, so large numbers of them remain unemployed. This chapter explores educational policies inside and outside of prison, and how the expansion of statutory limitations and tough-on-crime policies prevents prisoners and reentering felons from securing funds to go to school. Participants were unable to go to school when they were imprisoned, and upon coming home are pressured to get a job by parole and/or family rather than to go to school; however, most are denied employment opportunities due to statutory restrictions denying felons the right to work. As a result, individuals view education as a nonstarter, and this chapter argues that as a result of public policies, a vicious cycle develops as felons remain undereducated and unable to secure funds needed to get their GED or attend vocational schools, so they resort to criminal activities to live.

Keywords:   prisoner education, GED, statutory restrictions

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