Rather than looking at prison as a landfill to dump refuge, we believe prison is more accurately viewed as a recycling plant for men and women who are redeemable. We think education is the answer to incarceration. We think our humanity and theirs prompt us to get involved.
PrisonEd is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the State of Utah. Our mission is to provide education opportunities to the 6,500+ inmates housed in Utah prisons and jails through our Books & Tutors for Prisoners program.
Why Educate Prisoners?
Prisoners do receive an education in prison – too often not one that we want.
Approximately 95% of current prison inmates will someday become our neighbors – we’d like to help them be exemplary neighbors.
Between 40 and 50 percent of prisoners who are released, return to prison (recidivism). The expense is more than $2,000 per inmate per month. We would like to help the State save money so it can be available for other purposes. Prisoner education is the most effective deterrent to recidivism.
An Invitation to You.
Take a look at Books & Tutors for Prisoners. Then click Get Involved to see the ways you can join with us to make a difference.
Also, we invite you to explore Don Wright’s new book, Freedom Behind Bars: Mentors from Prison for inspiration that will add a new dimension to your life.
The Bottom Line
This Utah prison inmate says it best. “I have a long time to do in prison, yet I am determined to keep from becoming institutionalized, or criminally minded. I want to leave here a better person than the man I was when I entered. The only way I can do that is through educational and vocational classes. [Programs like this] give me hope. Many of us share a worst fear that we will not be able to make a good transition back into society, and therefore returning to prison, but you are giving us hope. Without help from the outside we are all but helpless.” -P.D.