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Education as Crime Prevention
This research brief presents data on the impact of education on crime and crime
prevention, and examines the debate on providing higher education to inmates.
Women Prisoners: A Survey of Their
Work and Training Experiences in Custody and On Release
It is important for prisoners to gain employment on release. This study formed
recommendations for the increased employability of women who have served prison
sentences, to encompass prison work and training regimes, and to show how
prisons can better prepare women for their release.
Education: a learning profiles special report
Presents statistics to support that lack of education is a primary cause of crime today. Discusses what is currently being done to address some of the unique problems facing the prison population to ensure that once released, prisoners will have the tools necessary to function effectively in today's society.
Federal Bureau of Prisons QUICK FACTS
Data presented on this page are extracted from BOP automated information systems. The data presented here relate to offenders in BOP facilities. A link to weekly population figures is provided.
National Institute for Literacy Correctional Education Fact Sheet
This fact sheet includes statistics on the need for correctional
education in the United States, the US delivery system, and the
outcomes of correctional education programs.
Prison-Based Education Very Effective at Crime Prevention
This national study outlines evidence linking prison-based education programs to reduced recidivism rates and crime prevention. Titled "Education as Crime Prevention: Providing Education to Prisoners," the study says that prison education programs also lead to substantial savings, higher productivity and employment levels for released inmates, and improved security within prisons.
of Recidivism Rates for Participants of the Academic/Vocational/Transition
Education Programs Offered by the Virginia Department of Correctional Education
Hull, Stewart Forrester, James
Brown, David Jobe, Charles Mccullen
Journal of Correctional
Education • Volume 51 • Issue 2 • June 2000
The following report is an analysis of statistical information on program
completers of various academic, vocational, and transitional programs offered by
the Virginia Department of Correctional Education (DCE) to the inmate population
within the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC). The study was initiated by
the Superintendent of the Department of Correctional Education and was designed
to assess the impact of DCE programs on recidivism. The sample of three thousand
records (N = 3,000) of men and women released during the period 1979 – 1994
was examined with regards to involvement in educational programs while
incarcerated and post-release reincarceration within the Virginia Department of
Corrections and employment status while on parole/probation. Findings suggest
that completion of an educational program while incarcerated may be positively
and directly related to post-release community adjustment. Available in PDF
format. Adobe Acrobat reader required.