Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

briefs and research articles

Briefs on Higher Education and Reducing Recidivism:

  • A 1987 study done by the Bureau of Prisons found that the more education an inmate received, the lower the rate of recidivism. Holders of college degrees were the least likely to reenter prison (The Common Review, 2005).
  • According to a study done by the Open Society Institute, fewer than 8 percent of former inmates who attended college classes in prison returned to prison after three years, compared to the almost 30% that did not participate in a college program (The New York Times, 2001).
  • According to the National Institute of Justice Report that prison education is far more effective at reducing recidivism than boot campus, shock incarceration, or vocational training (Karpowitz and Kenner).
  • According to a study done by the Department of Education in 2001, found that for every dollar spent on education, two dollars are saved by avoiding the cost of re-incarceration (The New York Times, 2001).

For research articles on the following topics, click on the links below:

The above reference pages are a work in progress.  If you have an article you would like to submit to be linked, please email the Pathways Program Director, Michael Penrod, at mrpenrod@stcloudstate.edu.

 

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