Reentry Education Model Implementation Study: Promoting Reentry Success through Continuity of Educational Opportunities
This U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, report examines the implementation of the Reentry Education Model at three demonstration sites—Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas; Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin—and identifies key lessons for linking correctional and reentry education programs. It finds that the following factors are most important in enabling those previously incarcerated to continue their education and prepare for living-wage jobs:
- strong partnerships among education providers and correctional facilities;
- a focus on transitions into and out of the correctional facility; and
- educational programs leading to career pathways.
The implementation study also documented that the Reentry Education Model can be used by both prison-based and jail-based correctional education programs. Because of significant differences between local jails and state prisons, however, especially with respect to length of stay in the correctional facility and where individuals live following release, aspects of the model will operate differently in these two settings.
This resource documents the lessons learned from three sites that implemented the Reentry Education Model. Their experiences can help to inform other education providers working with the corrections population. Specifically, the resources describes their experiences with establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships, a sound program infrastructure, evidence-based education services, and transition support.