Our goal at PrisonEducation.com is to increase education in prisons because it is proven to reduce recidivism, it is better for our economy and it is better for our families and our community overall.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 95% of prisoners are one day released from correctional custody. This amounts to around 700,000 prisoners being released onto our streets and into our communities each and every year.
Click on the infographic to the right to learn more about the many benefits of Prison Education.
Due to the large numbers, and percentage, of prisoners currently and eventually being released from correctional custody, ensuring these ex offenders get employed and become contributing members of society is a critical issue. The well being of communities depends greatly upon the reformation of character - or lack of reformation - that occurs while the offender is in prison.
As such, prison education becomes a critical aspect of our country's economic stability, the safety of our communities, and a higher quality of life for all law-abiding citizens.
On this page we have highlighted some of the main reasons for prison education. To see more information and statistics on prisoner recidivism, prisoner health and mental illness and prisoner substance abuse, visit our Prisoner Facts page. Learn more great facts about Prisoner Education and the pilot Pell Grants program, or check out some of these great Books on these and related topics.
The economic case for educating prisoners
The economic case for Prison Education is clear. American taxpayers spend $70 Billion per year providing shelter, healthcare, social services and administrative services to prisoners.
By educating just 10-30% of the prison population, we could not only save $60 Billion per year, but significantly less prisoners would return to jail, making our communities safer and creating contributing taxpayers to society.
To find out more about how educating prisoners helps the American economy, click on our infographic to the left.
The human case for educating prisoners
Many of the prisoners in American facilities are parents. In fact, since 1991, the number of children with a mother in prison has more than doubled, up 122%. The number of children with a father in prison has grown by 76%.
About half of these parents were the main income earners for their children before going to prison, resulting in more single-parent households, damaged family ties, and exacerbating chronic childhood poverty.
Not only is it an unfortunate situation, but it's a hefty price for taxpayers too, as they have to pay for the economic, mental health, medical, and child welfare services for incarcerated parents' children.
To learn more about how educating prisoners effects our homes, our families and our communities click on the infographic to the right, visit our Prisoner Facts page or check out some great Books on the topic.