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Education program offers inmates chance at liberal arts degree

Jul 12, 2016

For a convicted felon, getting a shot at an education might begin in prison.

Typically that means job training or a GED.

But a new program offers something more often associated with quiet campuses and ivy-covered walls.

The Calvin Prison Initiative is bringing the liberal arts and theology to inmates at a west Michigan prison.

The program is the brainchild of Calvin Theological Seminary and Calvin College, which also fund it.

There are two main goals of the Calvin Prison Initiative. One is to teach Christian values, although non-Christians are welcome in the program as well. The second goal is to motivate the inmates to become spiritual or community leaders outside or inside the prison system. 

Click on the link above to hear Stateside's Mercedes Mejia's report.

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