"I brought my diploma to my cell window so people could see it."
July 7, 2018 9:35 AM   Subscribe

 
Thanks for sharing this. What a bleak scenario for most of these kids...I was glad the article didn't sugar coat it with a "if they just get an education!" message. Really it just highlights the institutionalized racism and the brokenness of the US prison system.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:05 AM on July 7, 2018 [7 favorites]


"Kafkaesque" is probably an overused term, but the sheer madness of imprisoning children, something known to achieve nothing but increased recidivism, and then running a school to try to help them climb out of the hole you're kicking them into...I don't know, maybe that warrants the word.
posted by howfar at 11:08 AM on July 7, 2018 [21 favorites]


Every day, its students, all of whom are black, would ask themselves whether they were defined by their classroom or their cell.

Batting 1.000 on the institutionalized racism.
posted by Ickster at 1:32 PM on July 7, 2018 [14 favorites]


As usual, just imagine if we spent all of that sweet prison money on finding ways to prevent the kind of poverty that leads to prison.
posted by Ickster at 1:36 PM on July 7, 2018 [8 favorites]


Springfield Elementary School and Prison.
posted by kersplunk at 2:12 PM on July 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


I’m on a road trip and had to ask to pull over because I was pretty sure I was going to throw up after reading this. I didn’t, and that kind of worries me.
posted by Etrigan at 2:30 PM on July 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


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posted by eustatic at 10:30 PM on July 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


I really wish they hadn't made their website so unfriendly to people who need plain text.
posted by Joe in Australia at 11:13 PM on July 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


I couldn't get past the first few paragraphs.

Burn it all down, America you are so horribly broken.
posted by Meatbomb at 12:53 AM on July 8, 2018


There's an audio version with interviews that was featured on This American Life last month
posted by alon at 3:00 AM on July 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


Whoops, I see original link includes that, sorry for the dup
posted by alon at 3:01 AM on July 8, 2018


Inside Travis Hill, the U.S.'s third public high school within a prison.

So I understand every word in this sentence, but I cannot wrap my head around this sentence at all.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:07 AM on July 8, 2018 [6 favorites]


> So I understand every word in this sentence, but I cannot wrap my head around this sentence at all.

I originally misread it as "the U.S.'s third public high school with a prison", at which point my brain went from disbelief to "well, it's 2018, and any awful thing you can imagine is now at least possible if not probable" before recognizing that the schools are inside the prisons not the other way around. Which is still terrible, of course.
posted by tonycpsu at 4:15 PM on July 9, 2018


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