No, it is not free. The "distance learning courses" are prepaid to the offering university or college and then mailed into the facility's education department. The education staff oversees the testing and compliance. Inmate Education
Inmates can and do get their college education during their incarceration. For inmates in a county jail, your inmate would have to speak with a counselor and ask what they will approve first. Depending on the length of the sentence, the staff will likely assist in proxying the exams and certifying the test results. If they get the blessing of the facility (usually they LOVE the fact that an inmate would take the initiative to improve themselves) there would have to...Read more
This is a great question. We have been working on devoting an entire section to the website specifically for this subject. For you, we would advise you to get into a real communication about the types of things in life he likes to be around. There are jobs everywhere, but first find a field that is exciting and motivating. If it's a love or passion for something, he will pursue it until he gets there. If there is no concretely...Read more
Not on the Internet, but there are programs that are coming in through the electronic tablets that are available through commissary. This is not wide-spread but it is very clever and we would like to see it available in more facilities. Inmates may download courses on their tablet that they purchase from an accredited university. The course is overseen by the education department who forwards the results back to the college for credits earned towards a degree.
Inmates who have not completed high school are required to study for and pass their GED. This is a service provided at no cost. If an inmate would like to take college courses and pursue a degree, they are encouraged to do so but the courses are offered by various accredited university like LSU and others through their "distance learning" programs. These courses are just like regular college with a price on each hour of credit. The courses are proxied...Read more
Yes, in fact it is a requirement for ALL inmates without a high school diploma to take courses that will lead to them getting their GED before they are released.
Yes, your inmate will get a Certificate of Completion. He can arrange for this to be copied and mailed to his attorney. If you want to try and expedite the process, call the facility and ask to speak with the C.O. in charge of education. They might send it to you directly.
Most of the state and federal facilities offer courses of various foreign languages through Rosetta Stone computer programs. There are banks of non-internet computers that are available in the education department for inmates to improve their skills and vocation.
Good day, I am a student researching inmate perspectives on for-private prisons. Have your experiences been different in federal, state, or local prisons versus your experiences in a for-profit prison. Have you experienced any issues with: unpaid labor, human rights violations, unsafe/unsanitary living conditions, staff violence? How can we as advocates, help to ensure your human rights are respected in ANY prison? What is the one message/story you would want shared with human rights workers? Thank you for any information you can provide and be well.
Federal prison is by far the most humane and professional of the prison systems. Most of the corrections officers are well trained and decent about doing their work in a most professional manner. State prison is not nearly as well staffed, trained or funded. The private prisons are somewhere in the middle. There are lots of exaggerations regarding unpaid labor or human rights violations and we would feel uneasy fanning the flames of a movement that we generally feel is...Read more
It depends on the institution. Most offer or require inmates get their GED equivalent. Some have decent vocational training. But, one of the biggest deficiencies in the prison system generally is the lack of under-graduation education. We think that the inmates should be prepared by the institutions for release and re-entry into society with better preparation to enter the job market. This is something that is on the InmateAid agenda going forward.