Apprenticeship and the Justice System

Brief

Apprenticeship and the Justice System

Adapting a Proven Training Model to Serve People in Prison
February 22, 2019

Abstract

The number of people in prison beginning an apprenticeship has more than tripled between 2000 and 2016. Apprenticeship programs provide people in prison with a meaningful training experience that is potentially valuable after release. This brief draws on interviews and data analysis to explore how registered apprenticeship programs operate in federal and state correctional institutions. Our findings suggest that prisons can improve their apprenticeship offerings by expanding apprenticeable occupations, raising wages, reducing disruptive transfers, ensuring they are relevant to the labor market, and engaging employers after reentry.

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