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LEARNING to Reduce Recidivism: A 50-state analysis of post-secondary correctional education policy

  • Organization: The Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Tuesday, October 25, 2005
  • Submitted: Monday, November 07, 2005
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Higher education for prisoners, often the subject of public controversy, remains a crucial strategy in efforts to reduce recidivism and slow the growth of the nation's incarcerated population. New research conducted by the Institute for Higher Education Policy shows that corrections officials are finding innovative ways to support postsecondary programs in their prison systems. Despite the loss of Pell Grant eligibility a decade ago, prisoners are participating in higher education in record numbers nationwide. With additional funding and concentrated efforts to reduce the many barriers that still make it difficult for prisoners to gain access to higher education, postsecondary correctional education programs offer the potential to provide incarcerated men and women with a second chance at productive citizenship.

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