On December 27, at the ago of 54, Missouri state prisoner and prison education crusader Dr. Jon Marc Taylor died of a heart attack in his prison cell. For those who knew him, and those who knew of his amazing transformation and contributions to the field of prison education, he will be sorely missed.
While education programs for prisoners are often a hard pill to swallow for the average American who must pay for their own children to go to school, the research is clear: prison education is the most cost-effective crime control method that exists.
Because prisoners cannot leave the prison facility to attend classes, when courses require professional instructors the instructors must go into the prisons to reach them. But qualified educators in prison education programs are rare to nonexistent.
The aim is to also cut recidivism.
The unique program has been called a "win" for all involved.
Research clearly indicates that the best predictor of a child's educational success is the educational attainment of his or her parents.