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How Can I Help? Highlighting Programs and Services for Those In the Prison System

By April Mihalovich | Nucleos
This month’s piece focuses on programs, scholarships, and resources that provide aid to individuals who are incarcerated, post-release, or working within the criminal justice system. Take a look through the full article for opportunities to donate and further support programs that provide important and often overlooked resources to those involved in the prison system.
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In The News
By Lauren Lumpkin | The Washington Post
The Prison Scholars Program through Georgetown University is expanding to provide a new education program for those incarcerated in Maryland state prisons, in addition to the course offerings provided to those incarcerated in DC jails. Modeled after liberal arts courses, the course offerings are designed to increase engagement in the material and better equip incarcerated folks for life post-release.
By Peter Medlin | Northern Public Radio
Addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunity gap for certain prison facilities to participate in educational programs, this piece by Peter Medlin considers the challenges of current systems of prison education and hopes for the structure of these programs in the future.
By Rahsaan Thomas | The Marshall Project
Author Rahsaan Thomas considers how the use of language toward and about incarcerated individuals furthers the oppression of this group and dehumanizes a diverse population. Thomas also discusses the importance of labels within the prison system, and how for this group in particular, such a label associates an individual with their past transgressions rather than their current identity.

Empowering the Incarcerated through Education

By Emily Halnon | Around the O
The UO Prison Education Program is undergoing an expansion that will allow the program to provide additional discussion and non-credit classes in the enrichment of their students. Many of the resources allotted through the additional funding will be used toward the creation and broadcast of materials over television and packets that will be provided to those unable to attend in person classes through the program.

Lessons Learned from Prison Education Interruption during Pandemic

By Cameron Johnson | CLASP
The Center for Law and Social Policy’s fact sheet provides a discussion of some of the often overlooked issues affecting incarcerated individuals’ ability to further their education. In addition, the sheet also provides a number of solutions to help ease the financial and logistical burden of learning while in prison.

How Vaccine Hesitancy Spread in My Prison

By John J. Lennon | The New York Times
This essay by Lennon brings the reader inside Sullivan Correctional Facility and takes a closer look at how information is disseminated inside of prisons and correctional facilities, specifically information about COVID-19 and the vaccinations available. Many news sources aren’t available inside of prisons, as Lennon emphasizes, so the presence of accurate healthcare information and education from correctional staff is essential.

Campaign for Criminal Justice Data Modernization

Arnold Ventures
This report by Arnold Ventures outlines six recommendations of how to standardize the collection of data about the criminal justice system and create transparency in law enforcement. Modernization of data collection and presentation practices is at the forefront of this proposal, and is a crucial next step in creating an accurate picture of the population involved in the criminal justice system.
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