Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
NOVEMBER 29, 2001
PRISON EDUCATION PROGRAMS
--- Ohio was one of three states selected to participate in a national
study on the effects of prison education programs on recidivism.
The three-year study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and
conducted by the Correctional Education Association, showed that 22 percent of
inmates who attended education classes in prison returned after three years,
versus almost 31 percent who had not participated.
The effects on female prisoners was even more dramatic, with fewer than
eight percent of inmates who had participated in education classes returning to
prison; versus thirty a percent return rate among women who had not
study, which included inmates from Maryland and Minnesota as well as Ohio, was
featured in a New York Times article on November 16, 2001.
The study’s lead author, Stephen J. Steurer of the Correctional
Education Association, was quoted in the article as saying that for every dollar
spent on education in prison, two dollars are saved by the cost of non
Three thousand inmates were
evaluated in the research study including 1,234 inmates from the state of Ohio. In all three states the recidivism rate was significantly
lower for those inmates who participated in education. “We hope that the results of this study will help build a
consensus among important stakeholders that education is important in any
setting,” said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director
Reginald A. Wilkinson. “Inmates have several strikes against them when they
attempt to reenter society. An
education can help level the playing field somewhat,”
he added. “Studies such as this one illustrate the wisdom of supporting
positive inmate programs,” he asserted.
is given a high priority in DRC, with outstanding results over the past ten
Over 10,000 inmates have earned literacy certificates; 39
multi-disciplinary Literacy Units are operating, with 4,600
inmates enrolled, and 2,400 inmate tutors assisting in a nationally-recognized
Over 18,000 have earned high school diplomas or General Education
Almost 10,000 have successfully completed vocational education trades
Over 7,000 inmates have earned post-secondary advanced employment skills
more information on the study or on DRC’s educational programs, contact the
DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.