HWS Educational Second Chances Program

The HWS Educational Second Chances Program allows the inmates of the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus to earn HWS credit by taking classes taught by HWS professors. This is the third semester that professors have been teaching classes at the prison. Inmates have responded extremely well to the classes--they are extremely engaged students that have been excited to have such an opportunity. Our rationale behind this program is that the U.S. has the highest number of individuals incarcerated in the world. With no true intervention, about 40% of ex-inmates’ criminal habits persist. As a result, these individuals soon return to prison, perpetuating a continuous cycle of release and re-admittance. The prison system is extremely harmful to society and to families across the country. One of the best ways to rehabilitate these individuals is through education. Studies have consistently shown that prisoners who participate in higher education demonstrate much lower recidivism rates than those who do not. An education can present released inmates with much more opportunity within the workforce while allowing them to become more active and beneficial members of society.

Mission Statement:It is the mission of the HWS Educational Second Chances Program to provide inmates of the Five Points Correctional Facility with the opportunity to take college courses taught by HWS professors. The program looks to reflect the values of the colleges. As a school dedicated to educational opportunity and civic engagement, the HWS mission statement expresses the importance of values grounded in equity and service. The program looks to individually improve many lives and then in turn, improve society as a whole.

Meeting:Monday and Thursday at 6pm

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