The Effects of Postsecondary Correctional Education

The Effects of Postsecondary Correctional Education

A new report from the Urban Institute looks at interviews and focus groups conducted with inmates from four institutions in three states to explore the motivations for enrolling in postsecondary education (PSE) programs, the impact of such programs on inmates while incarcerated, and the expected benefits after release. Funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, the report, The Effects of Postsecondary Correctional Education (48 pages, PDF), found that inmates reported a number of challenges to engaging in prison-based PSE, including the availability of quiet space to study, access to electronic resources, and lack of cooperation by correctional staff. In all three states, however, prisoners who participated in PSE were less likely to recidivate during the first year after release than those who did not.