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Criminal Justice Reform Must Include Education, Training

A new report from CLASP, Reconnecting Justice: Lessons Learned and the Agenda Ahead, lifts up the strong connections between education, jobs, and criminal justice. Continuing the discussion from CLASP’s Reconnecting Justice forum last fall, the report outlines our agenda for moving forward in the current political climate, where uncertainty surrounds criminal justice reform.While bipartisan support for criminal justice reform has gained momentum over the past decade, the coordinated focus on education and training for people involved in the justice system is more recent. This is partially attributable to the widely cited RAND correctional education study found correctional education and training can significantly reduce recidivism and improve post-release employment outcomes. Now, efforts to reduce recidivism and increase employment are being coupled with educational opportunities for current and formerly incarcerated people.

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