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January 26, 2015

Could charter schools within the prison system help reduce recidivism?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this interesting article from Georgia headlined "Gov. Deal wants new charter high schools for prison system." Here are excerpts:

Gov. Nathan Deal in the both the amended 2015 and 2016 budgets is [recommending the legislature devote] money to help lower the recidivism rate in Georgia’s prisons.  He’s including over $15 million dollars for two new charter high schools in the prison system so inmates can actually earn a diploma as opposed to just a GED. He says seven out of ten Georgia inmates have neither.

“Education can open the door of opportunity while shutting the revolving door that has plagued our prison system for far too long,” says Deal.

The recommendation includes nearly 30 academic positions for the new schools which would begin with the 2015-2016 school year. Deal says the schools would partner with the newly renamed Georgia Career College System, formerly the state’s technical colleges, to teach vocational skills. He says private prisons would also be given incentives to do the same.

“With a high school diploma or a GED, these individuals will certainly be better equipped to get a job and hopefully able to assume a greater pursuit of a job opportunity in the future because they have this basic education behind them,” says Deal.

He’s also including money to help inmates better assimilate into society once released through a transitional housing program for those inmates considered at highest risk for reoffending. Another $5 million is being proposed to expand the state’s accountability courts to keep non-violent offenders out of prison.

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Isn't he forgetting something, this lawyer dumbass? The 860 lawyer restriction on licensing and employment in Georgia. Don't you have to crush the filthy lawyer traitor fully deterring any employer with negligent hiring claims, with absolute employer immunity? Why is this so hard to grasp for the lawyer dumbass?


I have no idea if this program will succeed or fail to reduce recidivism. I hope it does. However, give the prisoners PhD's. If they cannot get even a menial job, they will have to revert to highly lucrative crimes. $8 an hour or $800 an hour. You decide. On the outside, they were already making out like law partners. One suggested course, is business and entrepreneurship in the lawful arena. They will all need their own businesses or shells owned by others to go around the lawyer obstacles.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 27, 2015 1:17:13 AM

Refrain from using obscene language, that said it could be justified as acceptable if its not used all the time, and to "wake people up to politicians, astroturf,alec,etc about their hidden agendas.

We do not leave in a completely free society, when I am mean free, I mean big business has a stronghold, if you want to get a mortgage,bank account,insurance, or even go shopping chances are you will deal with a big business in most cases.

Those big businesses much like landlord rents are a tax on "private money", much like comcast,time warner, and century link could charge a lot of money for lousy service in many places, contrary to the gop logic, there really isn't competition, ie the dsl is slow and not upgraded,cell phone service is lacking and full of data caps, satellite is more expensive, and has latency issues, ie a if you call someone it will take a few seconds just to hear one word from you while you talk.

So I am off the point, no, wages are based on supply and demand, blue collar jobs can pay well, but if corporations require a HS diploma or an MBA which is mostly classes you don't need or use, then sure you can find an employer or small business who won't mind,but most folks who don't have those requirements won't get a job.

We wouldn't need the civil rights act if folks could simply say "oh you're free to work for a business that doesn't discriminate Keep in mind its still legal to get fired if your gay in many states though the eeoc is trying to backdoor it by including it as gender discrimination.

So this adds more problems than simply state laws and regulations. While I agree harvard is probablu better than montana or idaho state in many respects, there are many non-ivy league schools were employer will "look at the name" and ignore many other criteria. This is how the wealthy and the elite control things.

So what's a prisoner to do?

Posted by: alex | Jan 27, 2015 2:01:02 AM

Nathan Deal has made prison reform one of his major priorities. I wish the man could run for a third term.

Every time he appoints a new judge, at the swearing in ceremony, he gives him a gavel and a plaque, made by Georgia prisoners. He says it is to remind them that even the imprisoned have value. The dude hires ex-convictions to work in his mansion, and gets choked up describing getting them jobs.

It is really refreshing to see a Republican turnaround on society's treatment of criminals.

Posted by: Andrew Fleischman | Jan 27, 2015 11:18:26 AM

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