Prison Illiteracy Essay by RightRiters

Prison Illiteracy
This paper addresses the problem of illiteracy amongst prison populations.
# 23420 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2003 in Education (Reading) , Criminology (General)

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The paper begins with an explanation of the problem, focusing on juvenile offender institutions and using statistical information to illustrate its points. The proliferation of learning disabilities among prison inmates is discussed, as is the issue of low intelligence. The benefits of successful literacy programs in prisons are explored and the efforts of various prisons are mentioned. The paper investigates the existence of this problem in other countries and explores the reasons why U.S. prisons are so crowded

From the Paper:

"In the United States, we place several burdens on our prisons. First, we expect them to force criminals to pay a debt to society by being punished: they are no longer free. In addition, we expect these prisons to attempt to rehabilitate its prisoners so that they will be less likely to commit more crimes. It makes sense, since it requires a basic education to hold a job and be a productive member of society, that prisoners teach illiterate prisoners basic reading, writing and math skills."

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