ERIC Number: EJ981522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Postsecondary Correctional Education: Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers to Success
Palmer, Shelby M.
Adult Learning, v23 n4 p163-169 Nov 2012
Postsecondary programs offering vocational training and college credit to eligible inmates have had difficulty finding a place in the U.S. correctional system. Politically motivated restrictions preventing inmates from receiving federal funds for college resulted in drastic program closures. Although new laws restored funding to select inmates, enrollment in postsecondary correctional education only recently reached pre-cutback levels (established in the late 1980s). This is set in contrast to the significant increases in U.S. prison populations and spending that have occurred since the early 1990s. Contextual issues specific to the correctional system and ideological conflicts between the prison educator and prison staff may further impair enrollment and program completion. Through review of the political and contextual issues influencing the modern design of postsecondary prison education, this work seeks to propose best practices that may support the unique learning needs of the adult learner in the correctional system.
Descriptors: College Credits, Adult Students, Correctional Education, Vocational Education, Best Practices, Correctional Institutions, Postsecondary Education, Barriers, Educational Needs, Retrenchment, Financial Problems, Community Benefits, Educational Benefits, College Preparation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States