Educational Technology in Corrections

This report describes the current status of educational technology in corrections, existing and emerging approaches to providing such services in facilities, and the successes and challenges of early implementers.
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Author(s): 
Michelle Tolbert
Jordan Hudson
Heather Claussen Erwin
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
RTI International
Published: 
2015
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Number of Pages: 
24
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Abstract: 

This report is designed to inform federal, state, and local corrections and correctional education administrators as they explore ways to securely and cost-effectively provide advanced technologies in corrections facilities to help strengthen and expand educational and reentry services. It describes the current status of these technologies in corrections, existing and emerging approaches to providing such services in facilities, and the successes and challenges of early implementers. The report concludes with a set of recommendations that align with the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan.

Benefits and Uses: 

The report has implications for adult educators providing instructional services to correctional facilities and who may wish to use advanced technologies to support those services.

The report can be used by federal, state, and local corrections and correctional education administrators to make the case for adopting advanced technologies to support correctional education programs.

The most useful features of the report are (1) the description of existing approaches for providing advanced technologies in corrections, (2) the state and local examples of early implementers, and (3) the recommendations for adopting educational technology in corrections.

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