Schooling Over Scolding: A Study of Postsecondary Education’s Effect on Offender Correctional Success

Title: Schooling Over Scolding: A Study of Postsecondary Education’s Effect on Offender Correctional Success
Authors: Dubois, Michael
Date: 2016-04-25
Abstract: This paper seeks to determine the treatment effect of offender postsecondary education (PSE) on correctional outcomes. Although there is still debate over whether offender PSE represents a deserved right or a privilege, there is increasing evidence, both domestic and abroad, that supports a positive correlation between offender PSE and an increase in post-release employment rates, correctional success, and overall public safety. This analysis, based on the most recent domestic data available, posits that postsecondary correctional education (PSCE) programs are relevant, effective, and provide a cost-effective correctional opportunity, leading to net financial benefits for Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Federal Government, and, by extension, Canadian taxpayers. The state of PSE in correctional institutions, however, has been declining. Growing barriers to access, financing, and student offender support means a reduction in the program’s ability to effectively equip offenders for successful reintegrate into society. Moreover, the lack of data reporting mechanisms means the domestic data available is rapidly becoming outdated, posing a challenge to new investments in offender PSE. Therefore, this paper recommends the creation of a pilot PSCE project that could produce new domestic data relevant to the treatment effect of offender PSE on correctional outcomes as well as provide a scalable program that could subsequently be introduced in any correctional institution.
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