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Forum: Invest in educating prisoners

Updated: June 7, 2013 6:17AM



John Cappas, the former Southland drug kingpin, recently spoke to a group of students at Governors State University. His presentation dealt with his personal story and reducing recidivism through offering educational opportunities to prisoners.

One individual complained of the unfairness of prisoners receiving a free education while most students go into debt.

Cappas said it was cost-effective to educate prisoners rather than to just keep them incarcerated. He asked the audience, “Are we better off releasing criminals into the streets with no chance of surviving other than to continue criminal activities?”

Are we as a society willing to invest in educating prisoners to reduce recidivism?

Danny Romeo

Crestwood



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