A Case for Liberal Arts College Education in Prison: Policy Proposal

Kendall Bowers

Presentation Time: 3:00pm – 3:30pm


The United States has faced a critical problem of mass incarceration for decades. One of the dominant problems facing the incarceration system is the high return to prison rate among released offenders. The high return to prison rate can be attributed to many factors, one being a lack of educational and rehabilitative programs. Providing a liberal arts education would decrease inmate misconduct rates and recidivism rates while substantially increasing job placement post release. My project gathers critical research in the form of a policy paper to be used to propose to local prison officials and state representatives to argue for policy for the implementation of liberal arts college education programs in prisons across the state.

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