A reason for hope?

As we highlighted on the prison law blog last week, President Barack Obama’s recent comments on the need for a dramatic overhaul of the American prison system has ignited dialogue on reform. There has been almost universal acknowledgement from analysts and activists alike that we are on the precipice of something big. His speech seems […]

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College for Convicts: New Study Proposes $60BN Annual Budget Cut – By Providing Higher Education in Nation’s Prisons

The study, conducted by legal commentator Christopher Zoukis, concludes that offering post-secondary and academic education to prisoners can cut $60 billion from the national budget every year – without scrapping existing programs. Zoukis has compiled his research and findings into College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons, a game-changing new book […]

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College For Convicts: Available for Purchase

Title: College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons Author: Christopher Zoukis Publisher: McFarland and Company Pages: 300 Genre: Social Sciences/Education Purchase at AMAZON Provide education to prisoners and they won’t return to crime. America accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, yet incarcerates about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners […]

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Education Behind Bars: A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security

By Christopher Zoukis

Reviewed by Randall Radic

On the subjects of prison, education, and rehabilitation, in his monumental Education Behind Bars:  A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security, author Christopher Zoukis has much to say.  And he says it very well.

In today’s world, especially in the U.S., society appears more interested in simply building more prisons, filling them with prisoners, and then throwing away the key than in attempting to reduce crime and recidivism.  That is, until recently.  Now that many states are staring down the long dark tunnel of financial ruin, they are seeking ways to save money rather than spend it.  But the big question is this:  if we’re not going to spend billions on building more prisons, and even more billions housing the prisoners in the old prisons, what are we going to do?

Christopher Zoukis has an answer.  He has written the guidebook of all guidebooks to reducing crime and recidivism.  As already noted, the book is called Education Behind Bars.  And it grew out of Zoukis’ preoccupation with finding the answer to a very simple question:  “What is the best way for me to educate myself while I’m in prison?”

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