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An Extraordinary Opportunity – and a Challenge
Prisons are over-crowded and recidivism rates are at an all-time high causing Government Agencies and Grassroots Organizations to look for meaningful ways to reverse these trends. According to a report recently released by the Rand Corporation, “Researchers found that inmates who participate in correctional education programs have 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than those who do not.” Access to on-line courses and the ability to utilize the World Wide Web to supplement their learning is an essential element in today’s educational system.
However, questions of security and free access to the internet are causes of concern for Correctional Facilities. COEP offers a safe, fast, and secure way to provide education and information in an off-line manner. For the end user, COEP, with its search engine, catalog, and wealth of information, functions exactly like the Internet; hence all the skills gained using COEP will translate effortlessly to the Internet.
In addition, the Rand Corporation also found "prison education programs are cost effective, with a $1 investment in prison education reducing incarceration costs by $4 to $5 during the first three years post-release." Education is a proven first step toward improving the prospects of incarcerated individuals upon their release from prison and to greatly reducing rates of recidivism. It’s also a comparatively small price to pay.
Prison Education Articles
- Harvard v. Prisoners Debate
- Measuring the Power of a Prison Education
- Huffington Post Articles on Prison Education
- US Department of Education Launches Second Chance Pell Pilot Program for Incarcerated Individuals
- On Lecturing in a Prison, Where Minds Are Free
- Liberal-Arts Colleges Reach Minds Behind Bars
- Report Describes Limits of Inmates' Access to College Education