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Incarceration

Research and Reports

NEW: GED Testing In Correctional Centers 

American Council on Education recently summarized data on correctional center GED testing at the test-center level. The purpose of compiling the summary was to identify the extent of GED test-taking exclusive to correctional centers, as well as key demographic characteristics and performance trends of incarcerated test-takers during the first nine years of the 2002 GED Test Series

Corrections Research
The Corrections Education Association links to timely research in the field of corrections education. Visit the Resources area of their web site for the latest research and reports.

Corrections Education Area of the Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki
Visit the Corrections Education Area of the ALE Wiki to find research and practice-related resources in corrections education, including questions from the field, online discussions, and related resources. The ALE Wiki is an interactive forum where anyone can add or edit resources that connect research and practice in adult literacy.

Literacy Behind Bars: Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) included the first assessment of the English literacy of incarcerated adults since 1992. The findings in this report—Literacy Behind Bars—indicate the changes in literacy among incarcerated adults between 1992 and 2003. The report also:

  • Compares the literacy of adults in the prison and household populations and across groups of prison inmates with different characteristics
  • Looks at the relationship between literacy, education, and job training, including traditional academic education, vocational education, and skill certification
  • Examines the relationship between literacy and experiences in prison other than education, including prison work assignments, library use, computer use, and reading frequency
  • Looks at the relationship between literacy, criminal history, and current offense

The results show how the relationship between literacy, type of offense, expected length of incarceration, expected date of release, and previous criminal history has changed since 1992.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service is a federally funded resource that provides justice and substance abuse information. This reference tool is useful in researching terms, finding frequently asked questions and answers, publications, and links related to corrections and crime
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