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ERIC Number: ED112955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 10
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Letters from Jessup: Notes on a Prison College Program.
Watson, Rollin J.
The Essex Community College (Maryland) full-time college program for maximum security inmates at the House of Correction at Jessup evolved as a natural outlet for numbers of the high school graduates which the prison secondary school was producing. Students proved to be well prepared, highly motivated, and well received by other inmates and the security guards. Students were paid the same remuneration they would earn in state use industries. This money, supplemented by federal grants, veterans benefits, and scholarship funds, helped to pay tuition costs. Despite the fact that the college and prison are located in different counties, inmates were permitted the in-county tuition rate, on a contract basis. A full range of library services was afforded to the inmate students by providing a computer print-out of college library resources and by supplying ordered materials by means of a regular van delivery service. While there was no budget available for a full-time college counselor, a select group of counselors were organized into a "pool" system. The program seemed to accomplish two things: it engendered a feeling of self worth and pride in the inmate-students; it afforded the students a new, positive perspective on traditional values and the institutions of society. (NHM)
Publication Type: Books
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland