Prison Education How Prisoners and Teachers Talk About Problems and Solutions

Chris Rose, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Susan O. Reed, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Stephen C. Richards, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Nick Sagal, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

This research uses a convict criminology perspective to examine educational programming in a Midwestern Medium Security Prison. Through 107 interviews of prisoners (interviews included graduates, current participants, students terminated from the program, and nonparticipants) and 9 interviews of educational staff members (about two-thirds of the entire educational staff), problems with the educational offerings (from both the perspective of the teachers and the students) are discussed and identified. Additionally, each group's claims concerning solutions to these established and emerging problems are also discussed. We also discuss the procedures used to develop and implement a "college preparatory educational program," which has been designed and implemented to address the issues discussed by all those involved in the current educational offerings.

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Updated 05/20/2006