Heather Rowley

MICHAEL  &  JAMES  STUDYING  IN  H-UNIT

2005

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TERRELL, GED

2005

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TRUONG, ASSOCIATE'S  DEGREE

2005

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ANSAR  STUDYING  IN  HIS  CELL

2005

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MARVIN  STUDYING  BY  THE  SHOWERS

IN  FRONT  OF  THE  ADJUSTMENT  CENTER,

WHERE  CONDEMNED  INMATES  ARE  HELD

BEFORE  GOING TO  DEATH  ROW

2005

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Excerpt from a letter from inmate Hector Oropeza

I would like the world to know that getting tough on crime does not have to mean keeping those who do the crime stupid or ignorant. Educating prisoners is not only good for the prisoner, it is good for society as a whole. We learn how to be better thinkers. All you need to do is ask yourself, who would I rather be living in my neighborhood: someone who came out of prison and gained nothing from the experience other than being harder and more antisocial, or someone who has rehabilitated and educated himself to become a better thinker, more social and more understanding? Most prisoners will come home. They know what they did wrong. They know that they must pay. But when all you do is punish a person, they do not learn anything of value. They just learn how to hare and become harder from their experience of living in a cage and being ordered around. They become institutionalized and that even scares someone like me, who has been in prison for 14 years.

 

I have family and friends who will have to live near those who are freed from prison and have not done anything with their time. I wish everyone would go through this program. How is it we can find money to lock someone up for 25 years, at a cost of more than thirty thousand dollars a year, but we can not find money to better educate our children? In the end, it will pay for itself. The volunteers of the college program are true crime fighters. The people that volunteer for the college program have inspired me to become a better person, and I think that I am because of them.