Georgetown to offer bachelor's to MD inmates

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by chrisjm18, Apr 9, 2021.

  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

  2. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    An incredibly worthwhile endeavor! Prison education programs carry quite the political stigma at times, but financially make sense with their lower recidivism outcomes. Thrilled to see a private grant launching the program as well.
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  3. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    LOL, for some reason - before I clicked on the thread - I thought MD stood for Medical Doctor. <insert facepalm here>
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    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I thought the same thing.
  5. SweetSecret

    SweetSecret New Member

    Kudos to all involved in this! There needs to be more groups replicating this idea. I have a friend who acquired a felony while still a child. She had to fight for her right to an education and managed to finish college courses through distance learning while. She later got into juvenile detention reformation and goes out to DC to speak all the time. Eventually, she became the first person pardoned by the state governor for a juvenile felony. While they government took her out of the bad situation she was growing up in, they also created a lot of additional trauma that she still deals with. Often, people end up as inmates because the did not have good opportunities. It seems the least we could do is try to give them something positive to walk away with.
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  6. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    (((Thinking of ways to become an MD inmate)))
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  7. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Student loans suck but mine never shanked me in the shower.
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  8. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    (((Thinking of handing a list of people who deserve to get clobbered)))
  9. datby98

    datby98 Member

    (((I was thinking the same thing)))
  10. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I know you all don't mean it the way some people mean it, but the triple parentheses are creeping me out.
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  11. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Dang... OK, after reading this, same here.
  12. MasterChief

    MasterChief New Member

    Without knowing specifics, it sounds like your friend has made a change for the positive - and I hope her experience as a teen turns into a positive for another troubled youth. I tend to believe prisons no longer reform, but continuously punish felons into a vicious cycle of desperation and hopelessness. Let's hope this new program is successful!
  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    When did prisons ever reform?
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  14. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Some do a better job than others but rehabilitation does take place. Liberals have always supported rehabilitation, while conservatives favor punishment through incapacitation. However, in the 1980-1990s (violent crime skyrocketed), liberals sided with conservatives to support a get-tough approach, including juvenile offenders. Today, liberals support rehabilitation while conservatives still support punishment. When it comes to juvenile justice, Pennsylvania does an excellent job with rehabilitation through its restorative justice approach.
  15. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    I have taught college classes in several of New Mexico's correctional facilities over the years. It is both rewarding and deeply creepy at times. Rewarding because the students take the work very seriously. They are always on time and their homework is always done. Creepy because you're alone in a locked room with a bunch of violent criminals and no panic button. I was scared, really scared, only once though.
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