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Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project - In its second year, Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education is a five-year initiative in New Jersey, North Carolina and Michigan to educate prisoners and improve their chances to succeed in college and be employed upon release. Colleges, prison and parole officials, community and business leaders work together to give students access to postsecondary in prison and immediately after. Rand and RTI are following the initiativeís progress. It is hoped a case will be built for national replication. (Vera Center Sentencing and Corrections, July 2014)...

Safely Home: Reducing Youth Incarceration and Achieving Positive Outcomes for High and Complex Need Youth through Effective Community-Based Programs - Anything that can be done in a corrections facility for youth can be done better and cheaper in a community, argues this report. Youth prisons only make factors that contributed to juvenile incarceration worse. What's needed is a community-based continuum of services, including services for kids with complex, intense needs. The report offers elements and examples of effective community-based programs, and recommendations for Congress, states and localities and for advocates. (Shaena M. Fazal, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., June 2014) ...

Just Learning: The Imperative to Transform Juvenile Justice Systems Into Effective Educational Systems: A Study of Juvenile Justice Systems in the South and Nation - Students in the nationís juvenile justice systems are getting a bad education at a time in their lives when they need good education the most. Juvenile justiceís failure comes at great cost to youth and to society and requires a redefinition and reorganizing of its mission to become a vehicle for education, argues this report. Content standards should be no lower than they are for regular K-12 schools. Testing should be effective and timely, and each student should have an individualized plan. (Southern Education Foundation, April 2014)...

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) ...

How Effective Is Correctional Education? The Results of a Meta-Analysis, A Research Brief - A meta-analysis indicates inmates who participated in prison education programs had a 43% lower chance of recidivating than those who didnít. High-quality studies yielded that figure, but when studies of a lower quality were added in, the results remained the same. The brief, which also found education may improve chances of postrelease employment, concluded correctional education can be cost-effective compared with the costs of reincarceration. (Rand, August 2013)...

Focus on Education for the Formerly Incarcerated - Roughly 65 million individuals in the United States have a criminal record. The overall educational attainment of inmates and formerly incarcerated is considerably below that of the general population. Less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have at least some college education. This Focus report looks at adults with criminal records as an underserved population who could benefit greatly from educational services, as would the state where they live. (Jeffrey Grove, SREB, June 2011)...

Unlocking Potential: Results of a National Survey of Postsecondary Education in State Prisons - This issue brief offers first of its kind data and recommendations aimed at increasing the policy attention paid to postsecondary opportunities for incarcerated persons. The study examines data from 43 states with postsecondary education programs in their prison systems. (Institute for Higher Education Policy, May 2011)...

Juvenile Justice Students Face Barriers to High School Graduation and Job Training - This is the second of two reports that examine educational services for students in Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice. Two questions are answered by the report: (1) Do high school students make reasonable academic progress while in juvenile justice programs? (2) What percentage of these students receive GEDs and job skills training and what are the barriers students face in receiving these services? (OPPAGA, Florida Legislature, October 2010)...

Youth Entering the State's Juvenile Justice Programs Have Substantial Educational Deficits; Available Data is Insufficient to Assess Learning Gains of Students - The Department of Education and school districts have not met their obligation to collect data needed to assess learning gains of students in juvenile justice facilities. While available data indicates that students made learning gains while in juvenile justice programs, this data is highly incomplete and may not represent the actual academic status of all juvenile justice students. (OPPAGA, January 2010)...

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