How well can prison inmates use printed and written information to function in society? The National Center for Education Statistics today released a long-awaited report, Literacy Behind Bars
: Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey. The report examines literacy from a wide variety of characteristics, including race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, age, language spoken before staring school, and parents' educational attainment. It also examines relationships between literacy and various prison educational programs, other factors such as library use, and criminal history and current offense, all with a perspective on how the results have changed since the first assessment in 1992. Readers may be surprised by a few of the findings.
Thu, May 10 2007 2:18 PM