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How a California college program for inmates pays returns for taxpayers
By bridgemi.com- Ron French
Published: 07/10/2018

LANCASTER, CA – At least once a week, faculty from California State University Los Angeles make the 90-mile trip across the San Gabriel Mountains to this Mojave Desert town. Here, inside a maximum security prison, they lead classes that are identical in curriculum and grading to the classes offered on the school’s palm-lined campus.

The only difference: The incarcerated students make better grades.

The inmates, many serving life sentences, say they spend 50-60 hours a week studying. “There’s not a con in here who doesn’t just read the material, they devour it,” said Duncan Martinez, serving life without the possibility of parole for murder. “If there’s been one complaint, it’s that sometimes the class doesn’t go fast enough.

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