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Handful of selective colleges bring the liberal arts into prisons, dispelling notion that education is a "luxury" the incarcerated don't deserve.

"The class from the private college in the suburbs north of Baltimore is part of a movement to bring liberal arts education to a sector of society where it is scarce. Goucher is among a relatively few selective colleges that offer courses for credit inside prisons. Others include Bard College, Wesleyan University and Cornell University. Advocates say the efforts have multiple payoffs: heightened awareness within prisons of the importance of education; invaluable opportunities for faculty and others at the colleges to dispel stereotypes about teaching and learning; and lower recidivism rates for students after they are released." -- Nick Anderson, the Washington Post

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