Mass incarceration and higher education

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour This week, a panel discussion on mass incarceration and higher education and the programs that connect them.

In Utah, in spite of recent reforms made to sentencing and an overall drop in property and violent crimes, the prison population has continued to expand. Between 2016 and 2017, Utah’s had one of the nations fasting growing prison population jumping by 4.3 percent, second only to Idaho’s 5.1. With more prisoners, the question of rehabilitation and recidivism has taken on greater importance in state and national policy discussions. The panel looks at the causes of these trends and how education might be used to prevent future incarceration.

This forum was held in partnership with Student Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) and University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP).

This forum was moderated by Lara Jones and Billy Palmer, hosts of the Radioactive program on KRCL. The panelists were Utah Rep. Sandra Hollins; Cindy Fierros, associate director of UPEP; and Chuck Williams, SLCC Prison Education Alumni Coordinator.

This week’s forum was recorded on March 27st, 2019.

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