College in Prison WorksNovember 3, 2016 |
by Dr. J. Juechter and Dr. Sam Schwartz
As two professors who have taught in the prison system we can attest to the importance of college educational programs in New York State prisons. Recently there was controversy about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to make available a college education for inmates that wanted to better their lives while incarcerated. Bronx Community College (BCC) professors have supported many inmates incarcerated for non-violent drug crimes while teaching in the Paralegal Studies Curriculum at Sing Sing and Arthur Kill Prisons during the 1980s and 1990s. Their contributions went well beyond teaching inmates in credit courses as you will note in this article!