Academic journal article Journal of Correctional Education

RAND Corporation in Partnership with CEA Is Undertaking a Federal Project on Correctional Education

Academic journal article Journal of Correctional Education

RAND Corporation in Partnership with CEA Is Undertaking a Federal Project on Correctional Education

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In support of The Second Chance Act of 2007-which identified correctional education as a high-priority area-the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, has awarded a research grant to the RAND Corporation to provide a comprehensive examination of the current state of correctional education and where it is headed, which correctional education programs are effective, and how effective programs can be implemented across different settings. RAND is a nationally recognized, non-partisan, non-profit public policy think tank with a long history of conducting research in the areas of criminal justice and education policy. In the former area, we conduct research related to public safety and the performance of the criminal justice system for federal law enforcement and other agencies, urban police departments, and other clients, as well as for virtually every type of criminal justice agency, including studies in and on jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities. In the education area, we conduct research on a variety of issues, including many highly regarded evaluations of educational policies, reforms, and practices. RAND is partnering with the Correctional Education Association (CEA)-nationally recognized for its work in serving educators and administrators who provide services to students in correctional settings-in undertaking this important project.

The project's overall goal is to improve correctional education and its delivery by providing objective, empirical evidence about the efficacy of different programs and their curricular components. We will meet that goal through a series of tasks, starting with a survey of the correctional education landscape and followed by a systematic literature search of correctional education projects and a scientific review of correctional education programs. Building on that foundation, project staff will conduct a meta-analysis to identify correctional education program components associated with positive outcomes. …

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