Let's not reward criminal behavior so that inmates in prison attend college and earn degrees ["Why ex-prisoners can't get ahead," Opinion, Aug. 3].

Let's instead start during the early years, when young people misbehave in public schools. After seeing what they can get away with from a lack of discipline, they are emboldened to create even more serious mayhem as adults.

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Spending on college classes for prisoners is unfair to decent students and their parents who play by the rules.

Ed Greenspan, Brooklyn

Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher.