Prison Literacy: Implications for Program and Assessment Policy (1993)

The United States has a far higher precentage of people behind bars than any other other country and the prison population is rising steadily. This presents a double problem: the majority of prison inmates are (by almost any definition) also insufficiently literate. A strong correlation exists between ordinary criminal behavior and educational insufficiency. Ethnicity, class, socio-economic deprivation and other handicaps are also significant in contributing to the low literacy levels of the majority of the prison population. This report examines the professional and research literature concerning the state of literacy instruction of adult inmates in correctional institutions in the US to address the question: what are the most effective ways to deliver literacy instruction in prisons and in jails?

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1993-01-01
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Anabel P. Newman, Warren Lewis and Caroline Beverstock. Prison Literacy: Implications for Program and Assessment Policy 1993. Web. 22 Jan. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/report3/rep28/rep28.pdf>
Anabel P. Newman, Warren Lewis & Caroline Beverstock (1993). Prison Literacy: Implications for Program and Assessment Policy. Retrieved January 22, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/report3/rep28/rep28.pdf
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