Letter: Open questions on college in prison
"Prepare inmates for life after prison" [Opinion, April 11] supported college courses for prisoners, paid for by private donations.
Critical questions are being overlooked. Could the cost per student, per year really be only $5,000?
Would it be a good idea to ask the inmates to pay for a third or half the tuition? Would it be a better idea to use this money to help the victims of crimes by the inmate-students?
Also, if the reading and math levels of the inmate-students are at or below ninth grade, how would they handle rigorous college-level textbooks and courses?
Maybe they should be trained in plumbing or some other employable trade. Graduates with liberal arts diplomas have trouble obtaining jobs.
Paul Lieberman, Bohemia
Editor's note: The writer is a former high school teacher.