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LESS EDUCATION IN US PRISONS

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

July 2019

Ithaka SR, a not-for-profit organisation in the US dedicated to helping academic and cultural communities serve the public good, has published a report “Unbarring Access: A Landscape Review of Postsecondary Education in Prison and Its Pedagogical Supports”. The report shows that while the number of people in US prisons is rising, the proportion who enrol in postsecondary education programs while in prison have decreased. Making this not only bad for them but also society because post-secondary qualifications are becoming more and more essential to get a job and employment is key to reducing recidivism.

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