Armed or equipped? Spencer O. at TEDxMonroeCorrectionalComplex

09/04/2014 12:19:48

Every prisoner who occupies a bunk in our prisons is being armed for failure or equipped for success. Our current paradigm of warehouse incarceration arms those reentering our communities with the equation for failure; higher education inside prison equips those same people with an equation for success. Spencer emphasizes the importance of education in prison by sharing some of his transformative journey.

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Ter Antula

for obtaining a college education, it really pissed me off to realize that there's such an advantage to being an inmate andor welfare recipient over being a minimum-wage, high-school dropout like i was but i do understand and i am sympathetic...poverty is at the core of the problem.

11/04/2014
HungryGhost

Good talk and so true. Every prisoner should be given a choice, get a degree while doing your time or do more time without parole. If the prisoner get's a degree, gets a job and stays out of trouble while inside and for say 5+ years after release, maybe think about wiping their record clean. Just a thought. I'm not looking to reward being a criminal but at least give them a chance to be something besides a criminal once they pay their dues.

09/04/2014
SirTruke

This could make a significant difference in all western societies.  I pray that this idea is embraced by us all.

09/04/2014
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