It started out as the Cheshire Reformatory in 1909. The goal of the Reformatory was to keep male prisoners aged 16-24 out of the adult
By Jon Leckie When Jonathan Roach graduated from high school, he was thirsty for higher education, but as an inmate in Alameda County’s Juvenile Hall,
Classes that are available through the Maine Prison Education Program offer an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts as well as academic classes that include basic computer instruction, GED prep, typing, English, horticulture, science, and college prep math. College classes are also offered over ITV (interactive television). Special programs, such as art, creative writing, music, literature, language, and a pre-release exit program, are also offered by the Education Department.
Many of these teenagers are high-school drop-outs and without a GED, have little chance of finding a job and contributing to society upon release. Because they now have GED’s, they may be eligible to enroll in college programs to further their education.