Basic Correctional Education and Recidivism: Findings from PIAAC and NRS

Summer 2022


Basic Literacy & Numeracy

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Author(s): Margaret Becker Patterson Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

The impact of incarcerated adults’ participation in basic correctional education on recidivism rates is seldom explored in large-scale datasets. Despite 95% of released inmates reintegrating into communities, individuals with low skills have higher recidivism rates.

This research paper presents new findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, examining the characteristics and skills of the U.S. incarcerated adults who engage in basic correctional education.

The study also analyzes learning outcomes and state recidivism rates from the National Reporting System. The paper discusses the implications of these findings for practice and policy.

ALE Journal – Volume 4, Issue 2

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