Why provide academic education to offenders?

Correctional Education Association for the United States Department of Education, Office of Correctional Education, concluded “offenders who participated in education programs while incarcerated showed lower rates of recidivism after three years”--a 29% reduction--and their “wages were higher.”

“The Impact of Prison Education on Community Re-integration of Offenders: The Texas Case” (September 2002, The Journal of Correctional Education) concluded that education achievement was associated with an 11% decrease in the two-year recidivism rate of offenders released.

Profile of Academic Education

    • Voluntary participation for offenders who do not have a high school diploma or GED
    • Enrollment of 8,000 - 8,300 on a typical instruction day
    • Academic Education, comprised of one to three courses of study, is available in all State Prisons, Boot Camps, and Probation Detention Centers as well as in many Transitional Centers and Diversion Centers. (91 GDC Sites)
    • General education and special education courses of study
    • Literacy (L/RR)
    • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
    • General Education Diploma Preparation (GED Prep)
    • ESL and Braille available at select facilities
    • 2,500-3,000 GED examinations annually; 74% passing rate
    • Classroom-based instruction delivered by part-time and full-time GDC staff, supplemented by instructors from local area Technical Colleges
    • Post-secondary academic study available providing that the recipient has approval and pays all post-secondary costs

For More Information Contact:

Steve Edwards
Operations, Planning and Training Division
478-992-5916 (Phone)
email: edwars01@dcor.state.ga.us

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1529
Forsyth, GA 31029

 
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