CCCC student-inmate published in national journal

CCCC student-inmate published in national journalCerro Coso Community College student Patrick Larmour is one of 26 members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to have his writings published in “Note Bene,” PTK’s online literary journal.

The anthology, which draws its name from the Latin expression for “note well,” recognizes outstanding writing from PTK members who demonstrate exemplary academic excellence and commitment.

Larmour’s entry is titled “Catalyst: How College is Changing the Culture Inside Prison.”

His work captures the changes he has witnessed as an inmate since the college began offering its Incarcerated Student Education Program. His entry was selected from among more than 550 submitted from across the country.

“Where ‘doing time’ once meant gambling and getting high to avoid boredom, it now means hurrying to class, meeting with study groups, flipping through textbooks or cramming for a midterm,” said Larmour.

“For those of us enrolled in college, idle time is a thing of the past. We’re simply too busy to waste time with prison politics or petty arguments.”

“His story is not unique,” said a CCCC spokesperson. “Imprisoned for half of his life, many inmates like Larmour simply languish in prison, lacking quality services such as education, employment training, and drug treatment. Most are released to their communities without transitional support to acquire jobs, housing, health care and education.”

The spokesperson cited recidivism studies that demonstrate those who receive an education while in prison fare better when they rejoin society than those who do not.

“They are less likely to re-offend and more likely to find employment and become active, productive members of their communities.”

“I wish to say thank you — on behalf of the incarcerated members of Phi Theta Kappa — to the educators, the policy makers, as well as to the taxpayers who made these college programs available,” Larmour wrote.

“You have given us a chance to return to society as better people with brighter futures, and we plan to repay you by being better sons, better fathers, better husbands, and better neighbors.”

Story First Published: 2020-05-08