Report Examines Benefits of Higher Education for the Incarcerated
Shailaja Neelakantan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
More than 600,000 people return to the community from incarceration each year. And most face a harsh reality: The odds are stacked against them.
Continued education is proven to have a notable impact on reducing recidivism. Yet, the vast majority of states have major barriers to postsecondary education opportunities for people during incarceration and upon release.
A new report provides a comprehensive, state-by-state analysis of postsecondary education policy and practices. It also identifies four fundamental “building blocks” that states can put in place to ensure that high-quality postsecondary education is readily accessible to currently and formerly incarcerated people.