I tried to start a program out in the SHU and it was one hot mess. Out of 90 students, I had maybe two who actually did the work and returned it in a timely manner. 88 of them spent their time 602-ing me–wanting computers, televisons, CD players…all kinds of things I don’t even have. I spent more time answering 602’s than I did breathing. Some of them demanded 1/2 time (for every day they were in school, they get a day ff their sentence)–except in my case, where I don’t offer day for day, since they aren’t actually in school and really, a guy who can’t manage to send in a single assignment in 90 days isn’t really a serious student but a scammer. In my opinion.
So I dropped all my SHU students (well, there were only a couple left, since after 45 days of no work, they get dropped). Evidently they didn’t understand that part. They thought they got to decide when they stopped being in school, not me. (They would be wrong.)
So now I am still getting notes, wanting to be in class ( Sorry. No.) and phone calls from hither and yon….and I just don’t have enough room in class for them. I can only have 120 students and I am full, with a waiting list of 300. When their SHU term is over, they can enroll in school on the mainline. It’s not like I put them in the SHU.
SHU are the secure housing units where disruptive inmates live. It is more secure, as opposed to the open yards and dayrooms on the mainline. Part of it is to protect the inmates who don’t do well in a prison setting; part of it is to protect OTHER inmates who simply want to do their own time with a minimum of problems from others. They have more stringent rules (no staples, no paper clips, no hardback books, no cd’s. no cd players.)