INTERVIEW: Inmate In Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison On Promising New Ed Program

Students in an office information systems class at J.F. Ingram State Technical College's Tutwiler prison campus. Technically this is school property, but the building is inside the security perimeter. From the outside it's indistinguishable from the  prison, but inside, the atmosphere of what the inmates call "the trade school" is quite different. Photo by Dan Carsen.

Students in an office information systems class at J.F. Ingram State Technical College’s Tutwiler Prison campus. Technically this is school property, but the building is inside the security perimeter. From the outside it’s indistinguishable from the prison, but inside, the atmosphere of what the inmates call “the trade school” is quite different. Photo by Dan Carsen.

 

WETUMPKA, Ala. – One barrier people released from prison face is a lack of skills. But some educators in Alabama are working to smooth that transition long before the inmates get out: J.F. Ingram State Technical College has a new program at Tutwiler Prison that teaches vocations and life skills, including getting along with others, with the goal of reducing recidivism. As part of WBHM-Birmingham and Al.com’s prison-reporting collaboration, our Dan Carsen sat in on those classes, the subject of this 25-minute radio documentary. He later caught up with a student — an inmate named Robin. We agreed not to use last names, but Dan asked her about her plans once she’s out … and about why she’s in:

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