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Subject: Education & vocational training
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.
Subject: Education & vocational training
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...
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Subject: Education & vocational training
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.
Subject: Education & vocational training
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.
Subject: Education & vocational training
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.
Subject: Education & vocational training
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...
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Subject: Education & vocational training
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.
Subject: Education & vocational training
No, the only reduction of time is granted to inmates who qualify for and pass the RDAP program. This is a nine-month course that once completed gets the inmate a one-year reduction in their sentence plus a guaranteed 6-12 more of halfway house time.
Subject: Education & vocational training
The prisons do not provide the courses, they will have to be provided by someone on the outside. The prison education department proxies the testing for the universities that provide "distance learning". There are several available and they don't have to be located in Ohio. Louisiana State University (LSU) is one of the best and most widely used programs in the prisons. But, you pay for the course load "by the hour" and the books just like you would if he...
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Subject: Education & vocational training
YES, the Dyer County Jail offers GED programming for all inmates.  InmateAid encourages all inmates to take as much programming as an institution offers.  One, it's good for an inmate to have things occupy their time constructively, Two, the institution looks favorably on inmates trying to improve themselves, Three, it better prepares an inmate upon reentry,