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May 1, 2011

"Sheriff's Program Teaches Prisoners To Get Out Of Jail"

The title of this post is the headline of this new NPR piece.  Here are excerpts from the provided text:

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has a big job. He's responsible for the country's largest local jail jurisdiction, which held more than 160,000 inmates last year alone. But Baca isn't interested in locking up criminals and throwing away the key; he wants to give them an education.

His Education-Based Incarceration initiative focuses on promoting intellectual growth in prisoner... Menial jobs aren't the best way for inmates to spend their time in prison, Baca says, because "that's not what gets you a job outside the jail." What does is reliability, he says, and proving "you're smart enough to be trained in a new job."

The program launched this year and has about 2,000 inmates participating in the beta phase. Once incarcerated, individuals are given academic evaluations. Correctional personnel then create a personalized curriculum, which ranges from basic reading and writing skills to core subjects like science and history. It's a mixture of classes and reading materials, plus newer learning tools like MP3 players with pre-loaded lectures.

Baca wants his prisoners to accomplish more than academic achievement. He wants the program to equip inmates for a better life outside prison walls. Courses in life skills like leadership and decision making give time in prison a constructive purpose. "They are learning a different way of how to assess their time as they are serving time in jail," he says....

Right now, only Los Angeles County uses Education-Based Incarceration, but Baca knows for the program to truly be a success, the state jails will have to follow suit. "My belief is that you can incarcerate a body, but you should never incarcerate a brain," Baca says. "The brain must develop regardless of what the environment is."

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this is good news,,,, all prisoners must have a good and spiritual values to before they will get out of the jail..

Posted by: marietta dui attorney | May 9, 2011 3:12:24 AM

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