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Effects of Postsecondary Education
Thinking About Corrections


As practitioners and policymakers seek ways to improve correctional practice and to keep released offenders from recidivating, many are looking at ways to improve reentry success.  Education and employment certainly form components of interest, and a newly posted report from the Urban Institute looks at impacts of a less-documented educational program, prison-based postsecondary education (PSE).  The Effects of Postsecondary Correctional Education explores "the motivations for enrolling in PSE, the impact of PSE on offenders while incarcerated, and the expected benefits after release," as well as analyzing postrelease recidivism data.  While the authors offer several significant caveats regarding the nature of their study, they view their findings as "promising, but not conclusive, evidence of the potential of correctional PSE to improve postrelease outcomes for prisoners."

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