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How to Unlock the Power of Prison Education PIAAC ACA JOBS REAL

Steurer, Stephen J.
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Policy Report of the ETS Center for Research on Human Capital and Education
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Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, American Correctional Association (ACA), Job Opportunity and Business Services (JOBS) Act, Prison Education, Adult Learning, Work Skills, Educational Reform, Literacy Skills, Numeracy Skills, High School Equivalency Programs, Recidivism Prevention


A recent U.S. Department of Justice study shows that roughly two-thirds of those released from prison are re-arrested within three years. Research on recidivism demonstrates an array of adverse impacts on the individuals who are re-arrested, their families, and the communities in which they live. High rates of recidivism are also shown to be a financial burden for governments and U.S. tax payers. It makes sense, then, that actions shown to reduce recidivism rates be adopted and fully supported across U.S. prison systems. In this new report commissioned by the ETS Center for Research on Human Capital and Education, author Stephen Steurer, a nationally recognized expert in prison education, argues that these actions are not happening.

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