Life Beyond Prison

In a recent story published by NBC Connecticut’s Jo Ling Kent, Kent compiles several interviews with various opinions regarding Connecticut’s $17 million per year spending on prison education. In the article, Kent’s interviewees vary in support for which type of programs should be funded— although all of them agree that some sort of change is needed in the prison’s educational system. In particular, Kent interviews Andrew Ferraro, a formerly incarcerated man of over 18 years, who claims the education he received in prison was not necessarily helpful.

Ferraro, along with Kent, both seem to imply that the vocational training programs Ferraro received while incarcerated were not important to his rehabilitation. As an example given from the article, Ferraro completed programs in basic baking skills, culinary skills, facility design, and menu planning. On the surface it’s understandable that completing a “basic baking skills” program is not going single-handedly lower Connecticut’s

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