Education from the Inside, Out: The Multiple Benefits of College Programs in Prison

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The Correctional Association selected six in-prison college programs in New York State and across the United States to examine what seems to be working in post-secondary correctional education. The purpose of this paper, its findings, and subsequent recommendations is to provide concrete rationales for policymakers, criminal justice professionals, interested journalists, and concerned citizens as to why public funding for college programs in prisons should be restored. Evidence from studies, produced by both government and private entities, and examples of successful model programs in New York and other jurisdictions corroborate the Correctional Association’s position that college programming in prison is a highly effective tool in reducing recidivism and managing facilities safely.

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