Courtesy of TheSocietyPages
Corrections and education are undoubtedly connected. They play a role in the likelihood of entering and re-entering the system. Here are some national and Florida facts about the correlation.
- On average, a Florida inmate’s probability of re-offending drops by 2.9% for each higher grade of adult basic education tested.
- Inmates who earn a GED are 8.7% less likely to recidivate than those who do not complete a GED program.
- Inmates who receive a GED and improve their TABE score to 9th grade level or higher are 25% less likely to recidivate than those who receive a GED and have a TABE level of 8th grade or less.
- Of the 32,304 inmates admitted into the Florida prison system in fiscal year 2004-2005, approximately 70% were assessed as having less than functional literacy skills (less than a 9th grade level) and 42% were classified as having only basic literacy skills (1st– 5th grade levels)
- A higher percentage of prison inmates than adults living in households have Below Basic quantitative literacy (39 percent compared with 21 percent).
- The average reading level of prison inmates is very low: below the 5th grade in one study and below the 8th grade in another study.
- About 67% of prison inmates cannot write a brief letter explaining a billing error, read a map, or understand a bus schedule.
- 9% of all prisoners with low literacy skills receive literacy training while in prison.
- 49% of adults who have not been in prison education programs are re-incarcerated.
- If the male high school graduation rate were increased by just 5%, annual crime-related savings to the nation would be approximately $5 billion dollars. The benefits would vary from state to state: South Dakota (at the low end) would save $1.6 million, Oklahoma (near the middle) would save $63 million, and California (at the high end) would save almost $675 million.—Saving Futures, Saving Dollars
- Nationwide, three-quarters of state prison inmates are drop-outs, as are 59% of federal inmates. Drop-outs are 3.5x more likely than high school graduates to be incarcerated in their lifetime. African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Of all African American male drop-outs in their early 30’s, 52% have been imprisoned. 90% of the 11,000 youth in adult detention facilities have less than a 9th grade education.—Every Nine Seconds in America a Student Becomes a Dropout
Literacy and Corrections- FLC
Florida Department of Corrections
National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 2003
Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office
Free or low-cost health-related events open to the public in Manatee and Sarasota counties
This story highlights all of the free or low cost events happening in this area. It is perfect for health literacy. Pass the information onto your students!
U.S. Department of Education Releases Blueprint to Transform Career and Technical Education
Secretary Duncan will hold a town hall to discuss how the Administration’s plan will ensure the education system provides high-quality job-training opportunities that reduce skill shortages, spur business growth, encourage new investment and hires, and spark innovation and economic growth.
Ad Council and Dollar General Literacy Foundation Launch New PSAs to Provide Young Adults the Motivation to Achieve their GED® Diploma
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 34.6 million adults ages 18 and above do not have a high school diploma. In an effort to combat this critical issue, the Ad Council and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation joined today to launch new public service advertisements (PSAs) on behalf of their national GED Achievement campaign.
Century Correctional plans GED graduation
The number of Florida inmates earning GED certificates has nearly doubled in three years, increasing from 1,313 in 2006-07 to 2,603 in 2009-10.
The President’s FY2013 Budget Proposal- What does it mean for Adult Education?
According to the summary, adult education is proposed to be funded at $595 million, with $15 million to go towards the Workforce Innovation Fund for competitive grants. While some may see this as level-funding, others may not since the WIF is proposed to come from existing state adult education grants.
Florida House boosts education funding, cuts hospitals
Public school funding increases, Medicaid reimbursements to Jacksonville area hospitals are cut, and First Coast roads get a big boost in the budget the House passed Thursday.
New State Legislation Increases Difficulty for Those Seeking Adult Education
It took Bell a while to gather the proper documentation but she was finally able to use her Aid to Families with Dependent Children payment documents to prove her residency. The requirement is part of new state legislation that became effective in July. Applicants younger than 24 have to submit proof of residency from a parent or legal guardian.
Florida Department of Corrections Announces its Intent to Award Smart Horizons Career Online Education Contract to Provide Online Career Training Inmates
The Florida Department of Corrections has formally announced its intent to award a contract to Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) for the provision of online career training and high school education services to Florida inmates.
Volunteers transform lives through literacy
For more than 22 years, Literacy Council Gulf Coast has been transforming lives in Southwest Florida with literacy education. As a volunteer with the Literacy Council, I’ve gotten to know some of people who have been changed by the power of literacy, and I think their stories are worth sharing.