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ERIC Number: EJ826280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Correctional Education from the Perspective of the Prisoner Student
Hall, Renee Smiling; Killacky, Jim
Journal of Correctional Education, v59 n4 p301-320 Dec 2008
Approximately two million men and women are currently incarcerated in the nation's penitentiaries (Butterfield, 2002). Ninety percent of these inmates will eventually be released from prison (Linton, 2004). The vast majority of these inmates enter prison without basic literacy skills or job training. According to the U.S. Department of Education (Linton), approximately 75 percent of men and women released from prison will commit an additional offense within three years. The lack of financial resources for correctional education, coupled by the negative stigma associated with being an ex-convict, contributes greatly to recidivism. This assumption is based upon previous studies assessing correctional education's impact on recidivism (Nuttall, Hollmen, & Staley, 2003; Slater, 1994-1995). Thus, the importance of education in the criminal justice system has not been given adequate recognition. This study was an examination of prisoners' perceptions of adult education. Where many studies on correctional education focus on recidivism, this study attempted to gain the perspective of the prisoner on various aspects of correctional education, including previous educational experiences, teacher to student interaction, and ability to function in the job market upon release. Using qualitative inquiry methods, the study sought to discover prisoners' perceptions about attending classes, interacting with prison personnel in these classes, and how prisoners feel they would benefit from taking classes. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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