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Is it in the state’s best interest to continue serving inmates with the opportunity to get an education in prison?

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It is very much in the state's interest to provide educational opporunities to prison inmates.  There is a well-established connection between education and most crimes, particularly those commonly referred to as street crimes (white-collar crimes, involving educated people committing acts like embezzlement and financial fraud are a separate issue), including robberies and burgleries, assaults, auto theft, and so on.  Those crimes are most commonly perpetrated by un- or undereducated individuals whose subsequent time in prison is often spent learning to commit more crimes from other prisoners, and whose freedom when released from prison typically involves difficulty finding work because of the stigma of having been in prison and the lack...

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