Prisoner Education Debates in Congress:  Elite Discourse and Policymaking

Prisoner Education Debates in Congress: Elite Discourse and Policymaking
Mark Tim Yates
February 2012

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-490-2 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 206 pages

Price   $67.00

Description

Yates examines the role of congressional debates in generating support for current prisoner education policy. He explores the 1994 Crime Bill and 2008 Second Chance Act debate transcripts to discover political stakeholders’ attempts to influence and maintain social policy through the creation of legitimizing myths. These include the idea that prisoners are hopelessly flawed or that they have potential only as human capital in the marketplace. Education, when available, is often limited, narrow, and vocational. Counter-hegemonic discourse is also described as well as alternative educational paths such as critical pedagogy. This study indicates that key political leaders with seemingly disparate ideological backgrounds display surprisingly similar attitudes toward
prisoners.

About the Author

Mark Tim Yates received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Georgia State University where he currently teaches in the department of Educational Policy Studies. His research interest in social justice issues was sparked by life experiences in the Deep South.