Inmates In Prison Education Had 43% Lower Odds of Recidivism: New Study

Inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not, says a federally funded RAND Corp. study issued today. The U.S. Justice Department said the findings, from the largest-ever analysis of correctional educational studies, show that prison education programs are cost effective. A $1 investment in prison education translates into reducing incarceration costs by four to five dollars during the first three years after release, when those leaving prison are most likely to return.

The RAND analysis of correctional education research found that employment after release was 13 percent higher among prisoners who participated in either academic or vocational education programs than among those who did not. Those who participated in vocational training were 28 percent more likely to be employed after release from prison than those who did not receive such training. The report, funded under the federal Second Chance Act, is a collaborative effort of the Departments of Justice and Education, two of 20 federal agencies that make up the federal interagency Reentry Council. The research is availble at

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