What are Inmates Learning in Prison? Not Much
"...A report released Thursday by the advocacy group Families Against
Mandatory Minimums provided an inside look at educational opportunities
within the federal prison system that inmates say suffers from a glaring
lack of trained instructors and a scarcity of classes.
The survey found that nearly all continuing education classes are led
by fellow prisoners with little teaching experience. Job skills programs
are only available to inmates who are nearing release, and college
courses are too expensive for inmates whose incomes rely on the few
dollars they earn from prison jobs. Very few respondents said they had
access to a computer. In one case, a survey respondent said his prison
geology class consisted of watching episodes of the BBC television show Planet Earth."
View the Report