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.” Ninety-five percent of offenders will one day return to society and these areas are tasked with preparing offenders for their return to society as productive citizens. Per a recently published Rand Corporation study (2014), "How Effective Is Correctional Education, and Where do We Go From Here," it is reported that for every dollar in GED correctional education, there is future savings of $5.

Profile of Academic Education

  • Voluntary participation for offenders who do not have a high school diploma or GED
  • Daily enrollment is approximately 7,000
  • Academic Education is comprised of one to three courses of study and is available at over 80 sites.

  • General education and special education courses of study:
    • Literacy (L/RR)
    • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
    • General Education Diploma Preparation (GED Prep)
    • Charter High School Program (HS diploma)
    • ESL and Braille available at select facilities
  • 2,500-3,000 GED examinations annually
  • Classroom-based instruction delivered by part-time and full-time GDC staff, supplemented by instructors from local area Technical colleges. Charter School teachers are staffed by Foothills Education Charter High School.
  • Post-secondary academic study available providing that the recipient has approval and pays all post-secondary costs

For more information on Academic Education, click here.



Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Academic Director
Inmate Services Division

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