Education and Correctional Populations

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

This report is disturbing.  It’s contents and the information is the latest, dated 2003.  Another example of how invisible the prison population is.  I will discuss  this invisibility shortly.

Click to access education_prisons.pdf

Summary:

About 41% of inmates in the Nation’s State and Federal prisons and local jails in 1997 and 31% of probationers had not completed high school or its equivalent. In comparison, 18% of the general population age 18 or older had not finished the 12th grade.  Between 1991 and 1997, the percent of inmates in State prison without a high school diploma or GED remained the same — 40% in 1997 and 41% in 1991. Of inmates in State prisons, 293,000 in 1991 and 420,600 in 1997 had entered prison without a high school diploma, a 44% increase.

Over 9 in 10 State prisons provided educational programs for their inmates. Half of State prison inmates reported they had participated in an educational program since their most recent admission to prison. About a quarter of State inmates had taken basic education or high school level courses, and almost a third, vocational training.

Brainstorming on Magazine/Newspaper Categories

December 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

I envision the journal a magazine layout more than a newspaper.  Of course, the final layout will be determined by what will be easiest to get into all jails, prison, half-way houses and detention centers.  Staples may be a problem as screws in cassettes are a problem.  So, whichever option come close to fully clearing the hurdle will be the one we go with.

This list is what I’ve thought of to date.  In this section of the NPJP blog I will also break out and brainstorm each proposed section.  It’s all part of the journey!

  • Health
  • Nature
  • Want to Hear From You
  • Speak Your Mind
  • Research Corner
  • Questions (Inside & Out)
  • Letters
  • Politics
  • Self Awareness
  • Business
  • Re-entry
  • Jokes, Riddles, Cartoons, Contests, Recipes, Paper Crafts
  • Art
  • History
  • Literature
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Math
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Media
  • Ethics
  • Advertisements
  • Subscriptions
  • Grammar/Vocabulary
  • Writing
  • Reality Check
  • …more

Now, looking at the list in writing, many of these areas may be combined or topics regularly covered.

I think the point that is made clearly is that the journal will be varied and stimulating.

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