Equipping Individuals for Life Beyond Bars: The Promise of Higher Education & Job Training in Closing the Gap in Skills for Incarcerated Adults

Finds that although there is a gap between incarcerated adults and the general public in both literacy and numeracy skills, completion of a postsecondary credential and participation in job training ameliorates the gap. Those who participate in and/or complete these correctional programs have comparable literacy and numeracy scores to the general public. Furthermore, regardless of time to reentry, all incarcerated adults show interest in, participate in, and complete these programs at similar rates.

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