College Behind Bars
Very interesting Ken Burns doc on PBS about NY prisoners who attend college while in prison. Specially selected for the program, some earn AA and others BA Degree.
Some surprises: many of the inmates were quite articulate despite having attended some of the worst schools. These prisoners have committed very serious crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder committed while a teen gang member.
Before you complain about tax dollars and why you paid for education while criminals are receiving it free, recidivism rate is 50%. After this program, recidivism is 4%. Saves the taxpayer a ton of money.