Propelling Prisoners to Bachelor’s Degrees in California
Wayne D'Orio, The Hechinger Report
Last October, 23 years after Bradley Arrowood received a life sentence, he was released. On his 127th day of freedom, he was sitting among the palm trees on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, just 24 credits away from earning a bachelor’s degree. He may be the first in his family to finish college.
Arrowood is one of the beneficiaries of California’s policy to provide face-to-face higher education classes in almost all of its prisons. While other states have some prisons that offer in-person education, California is the only state offering classes in nearly every prison, taught by educators from nearby colleges, for credits that can transfer and count toward degrees.