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ERIC Number: ED508246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 71
From the Classroom to the Community: Exploring the Role of Education during Incarceration and Reentry
Brazzell, Diana; Crayton, Anna; Mukamal, Debbie A.; Solomon, Amy L.; Lindahl, Nicole
Urban Institute (NJ1)
Recognizing the pressing need to explore the issues surrounding education, incarceration, and reentry, the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Urban Institute hosted the Reentry Roundtable on Education on March 31 and April 1, 2008, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The two-day meeting examined the current state of education during incarceration and reentry and identified promising programmatic and policy directions. This monograph synthesizes the findings of the Roundtable papers and the discussion generated throughout the sessions. It offers examples of innovative strategies being employed across the country to provide high-quality services, and it aims to contextualize correctional education within broader trends in the fields of education and criminal justice. Although the intent is to explore education during both incarceration and reentry, much of the material in the monograph focuses on correctional education because research on education for former prisoners in the community is limited. To begin, the monograph surveys the current landscape of correctional education, discussing both the educational needs of people involved in the criminal justice system and the programs being provided to meet those needs. It then reviews research on the effectiveness of correctional education and guiding principles for effective programming, as well as gaps in the research literature. The subsequent section discusses the issues involved in providing education in correctional settings and identifies some potential responses to these challenges. The monograph then explores education during reentry and the connections between educational programs provided during incarceration and educational and employment opportunities available in the community. The report closes by looking to the future and highlighting key issues and new directions in research, policy, and practice. (Contains 20 footnotes, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute, Justice Policy Center; City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice