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ERIC Number: ED515881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 46
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
Partnerships between Community Colleges and Prisons: Providing Workforce Education and Training to Reduce Recidivism
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education
A 50-state analysis of postsecondary correctional education policy conducted by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in 2005 found that 68 percent of all postsecondary correctional education is provided by community colleges. The IHEP findings were the basis for this review of partnerships between community colleges and prisons. This review seeks to: increase the visibility of partnerships between community colleges and prisons, encourage their replication in other communities, and illustrate how these partnerships can be a win-win for all involved--community colleges, prisons, inmates, and the public. Providing correctional education to inmates gives community colleges the opportunity to increase their student enrollment and revenue and fulfill their mission to make education available to all local residents. By collaborating with community colleges, prisons can strengthen and expand their educational services to prepare inmates more effectively for their transitions to life beyond prison. Inmates prepared to reenter society are less likely to recidivate, which, in turn, improves public safety and saves taxpayer dollars (Chappell 2004). Interviews were conducted to learn more about partnerships between prisons and community colleges. Representatives for the interviews were selected in 11 states--Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin--based on recommendations from researchers and practitioners in the field. (Contains 3 tables and 7 resources.)
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 202-245-7700; Fax: 202-245-7838; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; California; Indiana; Iowa; New Mexico; North Carolina; Ohio; Texas; Virginia; Washington; Wisconsin