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John Jay’s Prisoner Reentry Institute and the Urban Institute Release Report on Correctional Education

New York, NY, October 7, 2009 -- The Prisoner Reentry Institute and the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center today announced the publication of From the Classroom to the Community: Exploring the Role of Education during Incarceration and Reentry

From the Classroom to the Community is the first resource to comprehensively address correctional education through the prisoner reentry lens.  It includes:

  • Recent statistics on the state of correctional education in the United States;
  • A summary of research findings on the effects education has on the incarceration and reentry experience; and
  • A discussion on the various challenges and opportunities associated with providing education to this population, during and after incarceration. 

This report synthesizes information and ideas that were shared at the Reentry Roundtable on Education convened at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Spring 2008. The Roundtable, sponsored by the Achelis and Bodman Foundations, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice of the United States Department of Justice, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the United States Department of Education, Susan Reese, the late Louis Reese, and Jim Grenon, brought together experts in the fields of education and corrections to examine the current state of education during incarceration and reentry and to identify promising programmatic and policy directions. 

The full report can be accessed at:

This document provides a basis for a continued conversation on the numerous issues surrounding this important topic. If you have any questions, would like to find out more about this topic, or request a hard copy of the report, contact Anna Crayton, Deputy Director of Research of the Prisoner Reentry Institute, at (646) 557-4534 or  To learn more about the Reentry Roundtable series, please visit the following site:

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