Are Educational Programs Within Prisons Worth it?

Posted on: April 28, 2015 by Care Providers Insurance

When implementing an educational program, your clients have many considerations to make; what is the best way to go about starting the program? What type of Educational Programs Insurance will they need? Are they choosing the right setting? This last question is especially poignant when it comes to prison educational programs.

Educational programs within prisons are becoming increasingly popular. The Anniston Star based in Alabama, in fact, recently published an article highlighting a local prison’s educational program. The director of the program, Kyes Stevens, started the program in 2001 as a way to provide educational opportunities to people who may not have had many in the past.

Programs such as this are, perhaps understandably, a bit controversial. The goal of many of these programs is to create a positive impact on a prisoner who may not have had much access to educational opportunities, and provide them with resources they’d need if released. However, it is difficult for many people to see the value in such programs; especially people who have been touched by a violent crime.

Stevens states that she doesn’t wish for her program to diminish in any way victims’ anguish, but she believes in the ripple effect. She states, “If we can get positive actions going on inside of those prisons, even with those that may not get out, it can impact those that do get out. If we can help people not commit more crimes, we are contributing to a safer state.”

Officials in New York speak of programs going on in their state, claiming that education behind bars means a greater likelihood of post-release employment, which leads to stability and independence, and therefore a lower chance of re-arrest. There have been multiple studies conducted that all seem to reveal the same results: prison education “works,” which mean that it prevents prisoner re-offense, and therefore saves taxpayers money.

No matter the view on whether educational programs within prisons are worth it or not, it’s imperative to make sure all risks are covered. At Care Providers Insurance Services, we offer comprehensive insurance solutions for not only educational programs, but multiple other non-profit organizations. To learn more about our products and services, please contact us today at (855) 790-7379.

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