Inequality of Opportunity in a Prison

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Last spring, prior to the pandemic, I volunteered as a teaching assistant at a prison that offered some inmates the opportunity to receive an associate degree. In order to be eligible, there were requirements such as not having had an incident in the past 6 months. Despite the majority of prisoners being Black, my class only had 3 Black students of 13 students total. This represents inequity because in a prison where less than 25% of prisoners are white, white prisoners represented over 75% of this class, a class which was designed to create more opportunities for them upon release.

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About This Story

  • When did this story occur? 1-5 years ago
  • Date submitted: 2021-02-03 12:00
  • Gender: Female

How This Person Interpreted Their Story or Micro-Narrative

Note: Responses which fell closer to the middle (between two or three options) are shown as two dashes.
  • My story shows we need to: Do things differently
  • In my story, the important players are: Institutions
  • Actions in my story are driven by: Those with official authority
  • In my story, people acted: On deeply held principles
  • My story shows we need to focus on: --
  • In my story, people are: Treated differently, some are worth more than others
  • My story shows: People aren't heard
  • The experiences that shape my feelings on equity come from: My professional world

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