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Constructing a Future: The Difference Prison Education Makes

Written by Kamea Zelisko on .

Inmate Vanessa Thompson pitched a solution to address Indiana’s derelict housing crisis. Image credit: GOFUNDME By Christopher ZoukisVanessa Thompson didn’t have the best start in life. Abused from an early age, she was just 13 when she quit school and entered the foster care system. A habit...

Soft-Skills Programming a Success in County Jail

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Prison programmers are realizing soft-skills training is important for personal success in and out of jail.  By Christopher ZoukisSoft skills are essential to social integration.These are skills such as communication, empathy, organization and cognitive reasoning that enable people to...

Mississippi Prisons Scrap RID For Cognitive Therapy Program

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The Thinking for a Change program sees small groups of inmates meet to discuss emotions and helps foster decision-making skills. by Christopher ZoukisWhen the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) relied on a pre-release program that was steeped in military-style practices, it failed...

America's Mass Incarceration Problem By the Numbers

Written by Christopher Zoukis on .

More than 2.3 million people are incarcerated in U.S. jails.  by Christopher ZoukisIt’s no secret that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Here’s how it breaks down.There are approximately 323.1 million people living in the U.S. As of 2017, there are more than 2.3 mill...

Pregnant inmates supported by Alabama Prison Birth Project

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Tutwiler Prison for Women was a difficult place for expectant mothers until the launch of the Alabama Prison Birth Project at the facility.  by Christopher ZoukisTwo percent of inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women are pregnant, and even though they represent a minority, they...