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Academic Programs for Prisoners

Academic programs provided in adult and juvenile correctional facilities are designed to develop the knowledge and skills inmates need for success after release, focusing on instruction that leads to high school, career and technical, and postsecondary education credentials. These programs are widely considered to be a centerpiece of inmate rehabilitation efforts, often complementing other programs focused on life and vocational skills and those designed to reduce drug and alcohol dependency, improve interpersonal relationships, gain financial literacy, and develop requisite job skills. This entry provides an overview of academic programs in correctional institutions, including information about inmate need and participation, a description of program types, an overview of program content and delivery approaches, and discussion of funding and public support.

Need and Participation

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