by Jan Walker
Join the national dialogue on criminal justice and prison reform with this journey through women’s and men’s prisons. These pages let you see and hear inmates who are choosing to learn, think, and prepare for release to their communities as contributing adults and involved parents.
Mass incarceration has led to over two million adults inside prisons, costing taxpayers about 73 billion dollars per year. A recent Rand report states that every dollar spent on prison education now saves five dollars in re-incarceration costs.
Author Jan Walker taught parenting and social responsibility to adult felons for 18 years. In this book, she describes her belief in education as a door-opener for offenders. She gives readers a candid look at the rhythms of working inside, seeing inmates as students, and helping them prepare for re-entry to society. She confronts negative attitudes and behaviors with honesty. Unlocking Minds in Lockup describes how education can change prisoners’ lives through critical thinking, open discussion in class, and reaching out to their families and communities. (255 pp.)