BP#9 “Prison to College Pipe Line”

In class we have mentioned Kant’s view on being impartial. Being Impartial means to make choices for others and not for self. I believe this is what Juan Echevarria did. He was a drug lord who murdered a man and upon confessing, received 14 years in prison. While incarcerated Juan found out about the Pipe Line Program that President Obama created recently. This program was designed to fund inmates, and parolees with money to obtain a degree. Once Juan got out, he went to his moms house where he sleeps on the couch and is working towards his degree.

Juan mentions how hard it is trying to obtain his degree. Juan Has failed a support math class five times but still pushes through. In his forties, living with his mom is also diminishing. He also stated that mentally it is hard being back home around all the crime he once used to participate in where people constantly remind him of what he use to be like.  Juan really is thinking about what he can do to benefit others around him, like him, rather than only himself. I am sure thinking about himself would consist of going back to crime. Fast money, his own place, a more flashy life than what he lives currently. But he is sticking to his degree program despite the challenges because he said he wants to work with other people who end up in prison to get them on the right track to success. This shows Juan wants to work for the better living of everyone around him, not just himself.

We mentioned in class the idea that everyone in society should have a way to live a normal, average life. The poverty level nor ethnicity classification for example should not stop a person from achieving this state of living comfortably. This program is designed for people like Juan to take advantage of just for that purpose.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/education/edlife/from-prison-to-college.html?hpw&rref=education&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

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