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prison reentry

prison reentry

  • Avoiding a False Debate on Reentry Programming

    Cuomo prison visit

    (photo: The Governor's Office)


    To the Editor:

    I am the author of one of the books referred to in Robert Cherry’s March 28, 2017 opinion piece, Choosing Post-Prison Reentry Programs That Work. The title of my book, Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison (The New Press), was not indicated in the essay and I wonder if

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  • Choosing Post-Prison Reentry Programs That Work

    Rikers guards

    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    Each year 650,000 inmates exit prisons; a disproportionate share are black men. Indeed, at least one-quarter of black men have criminal justice involvement. Without effective reentry programs, joblessness and recidivism follow. All agree that educational enhancements should be an important component of reentry initiatives. There is, however, a struggle between those who advocate expanding access to academic programs leading to four-year degrees versus those who emphasize certificate and

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