Education Behind and Beyond Bars
Sara Weissman, Inside Higher Ed
The growth in prison higher education and workforce training opportunities comes on the heels of a sea change this academic year for all students, including those in prison. The murder of George Floyd last summer and the protests that followed prompted higher education leaders to re-examine their criminal justice programs, campus policing practices, and initiatives to recruit and retain students of color.
Some advocates for higher education in prison see this national moment as a possible turning point for expanding the educational opportunities available to current and former inmates.