College for Convicts by Christopher Zoukis Review

College for Convicts

College for Convicts

College for Convicts by Christopher Zoukis Review

When I decided to do a review on this book; I really had to reach deep within myself.  Why you ask? For a long time I have felt that convicts in our prison system should not be allowed to go to college for free.  They have done something bad enough to land themselves in prison; why should they be afforded college?  Especially when there are so many young adults out there that would love to go to college; but even with financial aide it is still not affordable .

So when I started reading Christopher Zoukis’s book, “College for Convicts”, I felt he brought up a lot of great points. He is very well educated on this topic and I value what he had to say in his book.   He shows a workable solution to put this idea into place.  Christopher also shows that with each level of education a prisoner receives there is a less violence, crime and social disruption.

I recommend this book to anyone that has ever discussed this idea with others.  Christopher will give you insight you might not have had prior to reading his book.

College for Convicts is an interesting read and I would bet it would raise thoughts that you possibly didn’t think about before reading.

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  • I’m probably the last person who needs to read this book. I am a strong believer in the importance of providing education (and mental health services and medical care and drug/alcohol treatment, to name a few) to prisoners. We can’t paint everyone in prison with the same brush. Sure, there are those who are psychopaths who have no remorse, who should never get out of prison, who have no hope for rehabilitation. But then there are some who committed crimes due to their circumstances, or some who made a mistake. I don’t want to assume that just because people are in prison, that they’re lost forever. In fact, that assumption (and along with it the denial of services that rehabilitative in nature) is basically a death sentence for prisoners.

    They are the ONLY group of people (felons) who we’re allowed to discriminate against in this country. They can legally be denied housing, jobs, services, educations/financial aid. Well, geez. Considering the obstacles that felons face when they get out of prison, it’s no surprise so many end up right back there. And, it’s not just because they “want” to be in prison (sure, there’s a certain population that is that way but it’s not the rule of thumb).

    I had a friend who got arrested while in the Army, while in Europe, for being in possession of hash. He was convicted (they convict EVERYONE in military courts) of a felony and spent 39 months in federal prison. For HASH!!! That happened when he was like, 19? So when he was in his 30s, trying to support his children, he couldn’t catch a break. He is someone who would have thrived in college courses in prison. But he wasn’t eligible for financial aid for college as a felon with a drug conviction once he was on the outside.

    Now, I’m not saying that “felons” should be handed the world — because that’s silly. But, the goal of the criminal justice system is supposed to be rehabilitation and low recidivism rates. That generally doesn’t happen through sheer will power alone. Offering tools (like education or learning a trade) to the prisoners who want them is a good idea. Will it work for all of them? No. Will it help some of them? Yes. And, for that, it’s most likely worth it in simply a financial point of view. It’s also worth it as far as a “humanity” point of view as well.

    Sorry for writing a book. I just feel pretty strongly about the criminal justice system.

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