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Unlocking Potential: Results of a National Survey of Postsecondary Education in State Prisons

Published May 2011
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focus area Barriers in Justice and Education

Argues for federal policy changes to increase postsecondary correctional education in order to reduce recidivism and increase postsecondary attainment and its societal benefits

The issue brief, Unlocking Potential: Results of a National Survey of Postsecondary Education in State Prisons, offers first-of-its-kind data and recommendations aiming to increase the policy attention paid to postsecondary opportunity for incarcerated persons. The study examines data from 43 states—based on results from a national survey sent to state correctional education administrators—about postsecondary education programs in their prison systems. Areas studied included student enrollments and completions, instructional methods, eligibility requirements, and funding sources.