#3: Video Friday’s in 60 Seconds — Part One of My Book; JPay Drops Fees for Public Domain Works

I’m currently writing a multi-volume criminal justice series concerning rehabilitation. The first work in the series is titled “By Unfair Means: A Look at the Ways of the Offender,” and is geared toward the criminal justice student and those working institutional and community corrections. The thesis behind volume one is that staff play a defining role in steering offenders toward the path of rehabilitation, and in order to do this, they must first understand how offenders see the world. By Unfair Means outlines a path for staff in helping offenders to discover the path of rehabilitation. Today I’ve posted the first part of my book here for you.

Also, this week JPay unexpectedly announced that they’re no longer charging for the “e-books” they offer. These ‘books’ are public domain works that JPay was pulling off the Internet and then selling to inmates. It appears my September 23 post Captured Clientele may have forced a change in their policy.

Thanks to Mowery for the question, and I’m sorry it took so long to get By Unfair Means posted. Working from This World is very challenging, and if it were not for my friends and family this blog would not exist! Please like and share these posts with everyone, and thank you all for following.

—Christopher—

Inmates Should Be Allowed Higher Education

When I began my time, inmates had just lost access to college Pell grants with the passage of the1994 crime bill. A multi-year battle had raged within the public sphere about the benefits of providing higher education to inmates, and Pell Grants fell victim to this debate. The often cited lower recidivism rate that accompanies higher education has consistently lost to a vocal opposition minority, typically a misguided crowd that argues ‘why should a prisoner have access to a Pell grant when my own law abiding son or daughter can’t get one?’ Supporters of the grants commonly cite a nonpartisan Rand Corp study which found that prison education not only saves money but meaningfully reduces the recidivism rate. To this day, the vocal opposition has won the ‘no grants for higher education for inmates’ argument.

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#2: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Dogs, Long Sentences, and One Day at a Time

This week’s questions come from Stephanie in London, England who asks me how I cope with doing such a long time, and from Nicole in Perth, Australia who asks about dog programs in American prisons. Thank you Stephanie and Nicole for following, and thank you for these great questions.

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