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Life After Prison: Interview With Robin, Student And Tutwiler Inmate
Students in an office information systems class at J.F. Ingram State Technical College's Tutwiler prison campus. Technically this is school property, but the building is inside the security perimeter. From the outside it's indistinguishable from the rest of the prison, but inside, the atmosphere of what the inmates call "the trade school" is more hopeful.
Wetumpka, Ala. – All this week, WBHM explores challenges people face after being released
from Alabama’s prisons. One barrier is a lack of skills. But some educators
are working to smooth that transition long before the inmates get out: J.F.
Ingram State Technical College has a new program at Tutwiler Prison that
teaches vocations and life skills, including getting along with others, with the goal of reducing recidivism.
WBHM’s Dan Carsen sat in on those classes, the subject of this 25-minute radio documentary. He later caught up with a student — an
inmate named Robin. We agreed not to use last names, but Dan asked her
about her plans once she’s out … and about why she’s in:
Listen to WBHM’s Life After Prison Series:
Part One – Ex-offenders Face Many Challenges When Reentering Society
Part Two – Interview With Robin, Life-Skills Student And Tutwiler Prison Inmate
Part Three – Ex-felons Often Struggle to Find a Job
Part Four – How Prison Shaped a Woman’s Career Path
Part Five – Victims Face Tough Road Too
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