Why Education Matters – Center Director Dr. Geraldine Downey on Talks at Columbia

Why Education Matters

In the inaugural series of Talks@Columbia, Dr. Geraldine Downey discusses the importance of education for incarcerated people. While the student identity centers on hope, the criminal identity focuses on history – past mistakes and failures. Adopting a student identity while inside prison has profound effects on people inside. Education in prison psychologically empowers students by affirming their belief in themselves and provides skills necessary for securing jobs upon release. Prison education programs also have been shown to reduce recidivism rates. Work by the Justice-in-Education initiative provides educational opportunities to people behind bars.

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