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Second Chances: Richard Branson at TEDxIronwoodStatePrison (Transcript)

Inmate3: Well, I think that seeing that we’re a part of such a groundbreaking idea as far as the educational system within California Department of Corrections being able to obtain degrees now, to really change our aspect and the way we think and what we’re able to accomplish, I think that it would be even more motivational for us if there were — if it was considered for instance we have, like I said, the college program here has completely changed not only the way I feel about learning, but the way I look at life.

I understand now that what I do as an individual affects not only me but everyone around me. I didn’t understand that when I got locked up. I thought it was just all about me, me, me. But now that I have some type of education I understand that we are all part of, or equally a part of, a bigger whole.

So I think that if those behaviors were considered, you know, I came in, I didn’t have a college degree, now, thanks to the system, in June I’ll be receiving 4 degrees, I think that that should matter.

And if I have a pattern of not being disciplined, no disciplinary actions or anything like that I think that that should be considered on an individual basis.

Richard Branson: You put it far more eloquently than I could. It is fantastic what Ironwood’s doing. It seems to be setting an example to the rest of the prison system in California as far as the educational policy it’s got here. It’d be great if other establishments could learn from it anyway.

Scott Budnick: Thank you.


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