Caroline Caldwell | They Paid Their Time, Now What?

Did you know that states base the number of prison cells they need on the number of failing 3rd grade boys? This and many other facts about a quiet part of our society, our prison systems, are brought to light by Caroline Caldwell. There are a number of paradoxes for convicted offenders. After they do their time, they are faced with a plethora of requirements that are often impossible to meet.

Re-entering convicts are required to be in multiple places — often at distant places a short time apart — yet there is very limited public transportation. Drug convictions bar formerly incarcerated people from receiving any federal student aid, obliterating any hope of a college education. “Why are we hell bent on making people pay for the rest of their lives?” Caroline asks. “We set the price, and they paid the price. But we bounced the check.”