27.06.2011 25.Siwan, 5771
Of the 270 prisoners studying for degrees through the Open University at the end of last year, only 60 were criminal prisoners, according to prison data.
Most prisoners studying for academic degrees are security prisoners, not criminal prisoners, the Israel Prison Service says.
While criminal prisoners have been allowed to study since 1978, this right was granted to security prisoners only in 1994, after a hunger strike by some of them two years earlier.
One likely reason so many security prisoners are students is that their tuition is paid by the Palestinian Authority….