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Easy access to a good education should be available to prisoners despite their criminal status. This is because the option of further education not only gives prisoners something constructive to do with their time in jail but also prevents them of learnin

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Imagine yourself an extremely academic student, working in an office until you have saved enough money to support yourself through university. You plan to become an exceptionally well-qualified accountant and live in a large house by the beach. One morning before work you find yourself receiving an unexpected visit from the federal police. They inform you that the new car you just bought, from a private sale advertised in the Bulletin classifieds, was actually stolen six months ago. Your heart begins to race as you prepare yourself for the shocking news, which is yet to come. The police notify you of your charges and suggest you employ a lawyer to present your case in court. After your hearing you find yourself with a five-year imprisonment sentence and see very little chance of your future dreams becoming a reality. ...read more.

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This is because these prisoners have nothing better to do with their time in jail but sit around and swap criminal stories. Limiting these prisoners access of tertiary studies encourages the exchange of criminal skills and consequently raises societies criminal status. These, now more illegally educated criminals, leave prison with additional unlawful skills and use them to illegitimately support themselves in the future, with less chance of being caught and up back behind bars. Easy access to a good education should be available to prisoners despite their criminal status. This is because the option of further education not only gives prisoners something constructive to do with their time in jail but also prevents them of learning further illegal skills from other more criminally advanced offenders. ...read more.

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If easier access to tertiary studies was granted to people in prison, these criminals could eventually educate children and help them to avoid a life in crime. Criminals will leave prison with a different perspective of life and with something positive to work towards. The right to a further education should be available to everyone despite ones criminal past. As a community and for the benefit of our society we need to ensure that this further education is made easier for prisoners to access. I ask you now to stand up for these criminals, not only for their benefit but also for your own. Stand up and support their basic rights to a further education and inform people that without this access our society as a whole will suffer. ...read more.

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