by Dortell Williams
As a nation we’ve come to value education, even harping on it with popular refrains such as, “education is the path to success, ” and “knowledge is power. ” Our confidence in education is so potent that we dare to vaunt it as one of the few real panaceas to America’s persistent plague of otherwise indomitable poverty.
Yet in the oddest of paradoxes we flatly deny education to those among us who need it most — prisoners. Indeed, it’s no secret that the vast majority of prisoners are undereducated, if not completely illiterate.