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What A Coal Mining Program Says About The Future Of Correctional Education

Department of Corrections officials say it costs about $7,000 to run a program like this one for 15 people. Before the college degree programs ended, the state spent $7 to 10 million to educate 2,400 students. The state paid this funding directly to the DOC’s partner colleges.

It’s graduation day for 33-year-old prison inmate DJ Coomer at the Branchville Correctional Facility in Branchville, Ind. He’s wearing his beige prison uniform, not a graduation robe. He’ll have to hand over his diploma to the prison secretary before he leaves the graduation ceremony, and at the end of the day, he’ll still be in […]

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