Free Education In Prisons - some benefit to the wider...

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WRIT 101 Prof. Iannuci Free College Education In Prison In many prison systems, inmates receive free college education. This may appear to be unfair to the millions of law abiding citizens who are forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars each year for their own education. In the end there are benefits of this program to the wider society. I do agree that this policy is unfair, as it undermines the principles of hard work that upstanding citizens are determined to adhere to. Even more appalling is the fact that many college students are required to work so that they can afford their education. Taxes are then collected from these students’ paychecks, in order to fund the educational development of convicted felons among other things. While free college education to prison inmates may be difficult to justify, it does offer
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Unformatted text preview: some benefit to the wider society. Education is a form of empowerment, and as such I believe that it can play a significant role in the reformation of prisoners. A well-educated prisoner, upon his release from prison, may have more available opportunities and may therefore be less likely to return to a life of crime. This will have a positive impact on society, because not only is this person now able to contribute to their community in a meaningful way, but he can also serve as a role model to others who may have been heading down a similar path. In conclusion, while I do believe that the provision of free college education to prison inmates is unfair to those who are forced to pay, I disagree that the policy should be discontinued....
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