PrisonEd Foundation

- Providing education opportunities to Utah's incarcerated

Prisoner’s Plea

Prisoner’s Requests for Education


PrisonEd has received (and answered) more than 250 letters from prisoners requesting information and pleading for education opportunities.  Below are a few of the comments.  They are important to read.

“Thank you for believing in the human spirit and our ability to change as we rise above our past wrongs.  I was angry and fearful once, but I have spent each and every day of my incarceration looking for ways to enrich my life.  I know that in doing so, I can someday effect positive change in my family through the example I set.”  -SM

“I have at this point 5 years until my release and want my education before I return to a society that will be twice as hard as I’d left, and have a real fighting chance to make my stand for success.  So please help me to get schooling going.”  -JK

“I am grateful that the PrisonEd Foundation exists.  It feels like an answer to my prayers.  My sentence is 10 years to life.  However, I believe that I will get back out and will be a productive member of society.  To you, I express my gratitude for being someone along the path willing to light the way.  From the dark shadows of hell’s short road and pointing us to the path of knowledge and truth.”  -DD

“Any help, information, or suggestions you are able to give me, I would be most grateful f or.  College courses do more for me and my self esteem in here than anything else ever could.”  -RB

“I am looking for ways to improve on my Education.  I have no support from the outside these walls.  I have no monnie.  I am not working, and no out side help.  I am on my own in here.  The one thing before my family disowned me was my dad told me to improve in my egucation.  I have been working hard on trying to do this.  Can you send me the info I need to maybe help me get started?”  -BK

“I want to learn and better myself and prepare for a career for when I get out.  Learning gives me a sense of hope, confidence building, self esteem building, and a feeling of accomplishment, and self satisfaction.  I want to prepare to get out of prison . . . When inmates have been locked up for so many years, they get nervous, excited, and scared when they finally do get out.  It’s like we’re jumping 5, 10, 20 years into the future.  It’s not the same world we left.  We aren’t prepared and will need lots of help to develop the skills to integrate back into society.”  -DA

“I have been incarcerated all but 33 days of the last 21 years.  I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue my education.”  -NL

“Im trying to better myself, to achieve my goals in life.  Ive made some bad decisions and wound up in prison!  However, Im not going to let this stop me from becoming the man that’s inside of me, dieing to break out!  I want to become someone in life!  I know I can achieve anyone I choose to be.  I choose life, freedom, love, my wife and children, and I know the only way to do this is through God and School!  Please help me!  I will do anything for this chance in life, to get my degree, to be someone, to do something that is going to change my life.  To be the man Ive always been!  I do have a beautiful wife and 2 loving children.  I Have to do this for myself and them.  I’m not a bad man.  Im a loving caring man.  And Ive screwed up.  Now its time to Correct Me.”  -JD

“I just spent the past sixteen months without sun in maximum security.  Back in another lifetime, I played football and earned a B.S. in biology from Southern Utah University.  Without question, education is the solution to reducing recidivism.  I hope to be a part of this program you are authorizing.  I am grateful for your efforts in helping the men behind the numbers.  Please add my name to the list of those who wish to be a part of this program.”  -RL

“I would love to take some college courses and learn more, so I can have a foundation  to build on when I get out.  I have a long time to do in prison, yet, and 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.”  -PD

“Many people who hear that prisoners want to educate themselves either discount us out of hand or say ‘What is the point?’  Thank you for believing in us and helping us continue our process of educating ourselves.  Your giving us a hand-up that is exactly what we need.  I am grateful to you for allowing me to be a part of it.”  -CM


3 prisoners comment on reading Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom as part of a PrisonEd course.


“Mandela is the most inspiring person I have ever read about.  Although he suffered a lot and lost his family he came back to be the President of South Africa…. It makes time a little easier to cope with knowing that something good may come out of this yet.”

“The very most important quality that Mandela developed was integrity… The prison sentence gave him time to reflect on himself and to become what he saw as qualities he was going to take upon
him as his own.”

“For me, personally, it has caused me to do a 180 degree in how I view things.  My eyes have been opened to new ways of thinking that I never thought possible.”

 

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