ERIC Number: EJ971299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
The Effect of Prison Education Programs on Recidivism
Esperian, John H.
Journal of Correctional Education, v61 n4 p316-334 Dec 2010
With constraints on budgets everywhere across America, many programs in U S prisons are being closely monitored to determine if costs can be cut and money saved in daily operations. A dramatic example occurred most recently at the College of Southern Nevada where, at a June graduation ceremony for inmates who earned a GED, or a high school diploma, from the Clark County School District, or an AA from C S N. More than 40 students received either a GED or a high school diploma, and only one student received an AA. This study offers strong support for the argument that it is far more profitable for states to fund education classes for inmates , for two reasons: first, doing so reduces recidivism dramatically, and second because educating felons eliminates the costs associated with long term warehousing. The study includes not only research into attitudes toward convicted felons, but also statistics which support the argument that it pays to educate. Included also are interviews with professional men and women directly involved in the education of the incarcerated.
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Recidivism, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Costs, Budgets, Money Management, Graduation, Institutionalized Persons, High School Equivalency Programs, Educational Finance, Social Attitudes, Statistical Data, Educational Benefits, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada