Higher Education in Prison

Thanks to Jean Trounstine for her wonderful article on the need for higher education inside US prisons. A friend of APBP, Jean visited WVU and participated in our 2014 Symposium on Educational Justice. Her article provides a summary of educational efforts and makes clear the importance of Pell Grants for those who are imprisoned.

Jean also refers to the work of Jon Marc Taylor. For years I have been teaching an article by Jon, published in PEN’s anthology, Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing. Jon’s advocacy and research from inside prison was my introduction to the politics of higher education and imprisonment. Below is a note about Jon’s health.

“I am a friend of Jon Marc Taylor, PhD whose work is discussed in this article. Jon did path-breaking work on restoring Pell Grants. Very tragically, Jon had a severe stroke on Feb. 23, 2014 while in solitary on trumped up charges that he had contraband in his cell. As it turned it the “contraband” was butter belong to his cellie. He initially got some rehabilitation but not nearly what he could have received if he was not in prison. He can no longer write and has difficulty framing his thoughts. His lawyers are working on presenting his case (again) to the MO parole board in 2016. You can write to Jon and thank him for his work.
Jon Marc Taylor, PhD
503273, 3A102 Southeast Correctional Center
300 East Pedro Simmons Drive

Charleston, MO 63834

Written by Appalachian Prison Book Project

The Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) is a nonprofit organization based in Morgantown, WV. APBP sends free books to people imprisoned in six states in the Appalachian region: West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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