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ERIC Number: ED263310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
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Volunteer Community-Based Organizations behind Walls: A Sensible Approach to the Adult Illiteracy Problem (An Evolutionary/Historical Review).
Lucas, G. S.
The history of American prison education from 1650 to the present can be divided into five periods. Generally speaking, the education provided in prisons has been loose, fragmented, and essentially reflective of the prevailing local prison administration. Although the trend has been toward the adoption of a more enlightened view toward inmates and toward the provision of more and better educational opportunities for them, the recent overcrowding and budget cuts facing America's prisons have threatened the progress that has been made in the area of prison education. One solution would be the development of community-based volunteer programs that would allow inmates to assist in the literacy education of their fellow inmates. A prototypical model of such a program is urgently needed. In addition, practitioners concerned with the issue of literacy education in America's prisons must take the following steps to establish a national network to exchange information and link their current efforts and practices: make contact with state and federal departments of corrections and related corrections organizations, identify key personnel within these departments who would be willing to share and exchange information, and propose a newsletter or publication to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas. (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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