Expand Postsecondary Education for Incarcerated People

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments should ease restrictions and expand access to quality college educations in prisons. Steps could include expanding tuition assistance and scholarships, allowing the use of computers in prison education programs, and streamlining and updating clearance procedures for college professors to teach in these programs. Maintaining access to college education in prisons has shown to improve employment outcomes and prevent recidivism.


California increased access to face-to-face, full-credit college courses from one prison to 34 of the state's 35 prisons—approximately 4,500 are enrolled every semester. Students in the program have consistently outperformed students in those courses on campus.




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