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A Reentry Education Model: Supporting Education and Career Advancement for Low-Skill Individuals in Corrections

The correctional education reentry model illustrating an education continuum to bridge the gap between prison and education and training programs.
Author(s): 
Michelle Tolbert
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
MPR Associates Inc.
Published: 
2012
Resource Type: 
Product
Number of Pages: 
36
Product Type: 
Abstract: 

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education supported the development of a correctional education reentry model illustrating an education continuum to bridge the gap between prison and community-based education and training programs. The goal of this model is to ensure that offenders can gain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain long-term, living-wage employment, and transition successfully out of the corrections system. It is based on a review of research studies and feedback from a panel of experts, including practitioners, administrators, and researchers in the fields of corrections and education.

Benefits and Uses: 

The guide describes the “development of a correctional education reentry model illustrating an education continuum to bridge the gap between prison and community-based education and training programs. The goal of this model is to en­sure that offenders can gain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain long-term, living-wage employment, and transition successfully out of the corrections sys­tem. It is based on a review of research studies and feedback from a panel of ex­perts, including practitioners, administrators, and researchers in the fields of corrections and education” (p. 3). The reentry solution of an education continuum section covers: the model—strengthening and aligning education services, establishing a strong program infrastructure, and ensuring education is well integrated in the corrections system; and applying and validating the model.

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