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How Effective Is Correctional Education, and Where Do We Go from Here? - More than 2 million adults are incarcerated in the United States. Annually, 700,000 of them leave state and federal prisons but within three years, 40 percent will have returned. A contributing factor is their lack of education: 37 percent didn't have a high school diploma in 2004, 16.5 percent had just a high school diploma. Researchers found inmates who participated in education programs had a 43 percent lower chance of recidivating, a considerable savings on reincarceration costs. Authors of this report offer other findings, conclusions, key trends, and recommendations. (Lois M. Davis et al., Rand Education and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, February 2014) ...

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