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Reentry Roundtable on Education

March / April 2008

The Prisoner Reentry Institute at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Urban Institute co-sponsored a Reentry Roundtable on the topic of education, incarceration, and prisoner reentry on March 31 and April 1, 2008. The two-day discussion explored the need for and current state of correctional education and identified promising new directions for policy, practice and research. The discussions examined the broad range of education programs—including ABE, GED, vocational, and college—that serve individuals with criminal records in prisons and jails as well as in the community after release.

Agenda

Report: From the Classroom to the Community: Exploring the Role of Education During Incarceration and Reentry

Commissioned Papers

The Current State of Correctional Education (Anna Crayton and Suzanne Rebecca Neusteter)

The Impact of Prison Education Programs on Post-Release Outcomes (Gerald G. Gaes)

Structure and Components of Successful Educational Programs (Doris L. MacKenzie)

The Effective Use of Technology in Correctional Education (Cindy Borden and Penny Richardson)

Understanding and Responding to the Education Needs of Special Populations in Adult Corrections (Peter E. Leone, Michael Wilson, Michael P. Krezmien)

Prison-based Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Post-release Labor Market Outcomes (Rosa Cho, John H. Tyler)

Prison Postsecondary Education: Bridging Learning from Incarceration to the Community (Jeanne Contardo and Michelle Tolbert)

The Reentry Roundtable on Education was funded by Achelis-Bodman Foundations, Lou and Susan Reese, Jim Grenon, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education.