Education and Correctional Populations

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

This report is disturbing.  It’s contents and the information is the latest, dated 2003.  Another example of how invisible the prison population is.  I will discuss  this invisibility shortly.

http://www.policyalmanac.org/crime/archive/education_prisons.pdf

Summary:

About 41% of inmates in the Nation’s State and Federal prisons and local jails in 1997 and 31% of probationers had not completed high school or its equivalent. In comparison, 18% of the general population age 18 or older had not finished the 12th grade.  Between 1991 and 1997, the percent of inmates in State prison without a high school diploma or GED remained the same — 40% in 1997 and 41% in 1991. Of inmates in State prisons, 293,000 in 1991 and 420,600 in 1997 had entered prison without a high school diploma, a 44% increase.

Over 9 in 10 State prisons provided educational programs for their inmates. Half of State prison inmates reported they had participated in an educational program since their most recent admission to prison. About a quarter of State inmates had taken basic education or high school level courses, and almost a third, vocational training.

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