ERIC Number: ED332034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
The Status of Correctional Education in the United States. A Report of the 1987 Annual Survey of State Directors of Correctional Education.
Norton, Lee; Simms, Brian
The 1987 annual survey of the state directors of correctional education was designed to gain basic information about correctional education programs provided in the adult and juvenile correctional systems in each state. Of the 82 adult, juvenile, and consolidated state correctional systems in the United States, 49 responded. Additional data were collected from the 1987 American Correctional Association Directory. Statistical procedures determined that the sample was representative of the total population of correctional systems. The two main findings on administrative structure and personnel were that 52 percent were administered through a state department of corrections and most state directors were middle-aged males with long tenure in their positions. Highlights of findings on type and extent of programs provided showed that: General Educational Development test preparation was the only educational program offered to a uniformly high degree across all types of correctional systems; adult correctional systems provided adult basic education at 84 percent of their institutions; and the average percentage of inmate enrollment in the majority of educational programs was low. Among the findings on financial resources were that the average starting salary for an instructor was $19,667 and that juvenile correctional systems spent a much greater amount of money per inmate. (The instrument is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrators, Adult Basic Education, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Costs, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Financial Support, High School Equivalency Programs, Institutional Administration, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.