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PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults Confirms the Need for Investment in Correctional Education

On November 15, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the results of the U.S. Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Survey of Incarcerated Adults. The survey, which examines incarcerated adults’ skills, work experience, and education, demonstrates a clear need to invest in correctional education and training. IES compared a national sample of incarcerated adults in federal, state, and private prisons with data on the average U.S. household, finding stark differences in economic success. The results reinforce lessons from CLASP’s recent forum, Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry though Education and Training (also linked under resources), and suggest incarcerated people need more robust correctional education and training opportunities to become successful contributors upon reentering society.

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