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Webinar: Research Briefing: "Laying the Groundwork: How States Can Improve Access to Continued Education for People in the Criminal Justice System"


Tuesday, February 25th at 3:00 p.m. ET


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Continued education is proven to have a notable impact on reducing recidivism. Yet, a new report by the CSG Justice Center finds that the vast majority of states have major barriers to postsecondary education opportunities for people during incarceration and upon release.

Laying the Groundwork: How States Can Improve Access to Continued Education for People in the Criminal Justice System provides a state-by-state analysis of postsecondary education policy and practices. The report identifies four fundamental “building blocks” that states should have in place to ensure that high-quality postsecondary education is readily accessible to currently and formerly incarcerated people.
The webinar will take place on Feb. 25 at 3:00 p.m. EST and will feature an expert group of panelists who will share information on the following:

  • Why the study was conducted and current state of the field and research on postsecondary education for people in the criminal justice system
  • National and state-specific findings on the current landscape of state policy, funding, and practice that supports or inhibits access to postsecondary education for people who are in the criminal justice system
  • State best practices to improve educational access, quality, and support for people in corrections facilities and when they return to the community


Le’Ann Duran, Deputy Division Director, Economic Mobility, The CSG Justice Center


Leah Bacon, Policy Analyst, The CSG Justice Center
Haley Glover, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
Gina Lee, Legal Fellow, The CSG Justice Center
Ruth Stadheim, Director of Career & Technical Education, Minnesota Department of Corrections



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The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released Laying the Groundwork, a data-centric report that reveals major shortcomings in access to continued education for currently and formerly incarcerated people in all 50 states.



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