Education’s Role in Second Chance Month and National Reentry Week

By:
Sean Addie – Director of Correctional Education
Dr. Amy Loyd – Acting Assistant Secretary

This week we
are becoming a member of our colleagues at the U.S. Section of Justice, businesses throughout
the federal government, and our partners throughout the region to mark Nationwide
Reentry 7 days and elevate up the vital operate getting accomplished to assist individuals
reentering modern society from incarceration. The week also bookends 2nd Probability Month, and below at the Section of
Education, we have an understanding of the pivotal job that education and learning performs in encouraging
folks rejoin and lead to modern society.

Education can have a transformational impact on an individual’s lifetime –– and education and learning performs a critical job in easing an individual’s reentry from jail or prison back into modern society. In a major research of those people released from state prisons, 94% of incarcerated grown ups nearing release determined education and learning as a essential reentry have to have. According to a 2018 research funded by the Section of Justice and carried out by the RAND Company, incarcerated individuals who participated in large-high quality correctional education and learning were 48% much less possible to return to prison inside of three yrs than those people who didn’t take part in correctional education and learning. A lot more than 600,000 folks depart federal and state prisons each individual 12 months, and our communities have a stake in ensuring that those people individuals equitably reenter modern society educated, ready for significant work, reconnected with family members and beloved types, and all set to resume or get started successful lives.

Providing
large-high quality educational alternatives to incarcerated individuals and those people
reentering modern society can also play a important job in advancing the Biden
Administration’s motivation to racial equity and economic justice. Black,
Latino, and Indigenous folks in our region are incarcerated at
disproportionately large premiums, and currently encounter discrimination in the labor
market. Systemic racism has place the promise of The usa out of attain for also
a lot of folks, and our agency has a job to play in ensuring additional equitable
outcomes for folks as they depart the justice system.

Numerous workplaces at the Section of
Education have operate that intersects with justice system-involved individuals
and individuals who will be reentering. For case in point, our Workplace of Elementary
and Secondary Education operates the Title I, Part D, Neglected, Delinquent, or
At-Danger method grant application and a technological help centre to strengthen educational providers for pupils in neighborhood,
tribal, and state establishments. These grants include providers that offer
youngsters and youth returning from correctional amenities or establishments with
a assist system to be certain their ongoing education and learning and the involvement of
their people and communities as well as alternatives to create knowledge and
abilities to help them correctly changeover back to schools, houses, and
communities. The Workplace of Federal University student Aid operates the Experimental Web-sites
Initiative, which contains providing Pell Grants to a limited set of
incarcerated pupils beneath the 2nd Probability Pell Experiment. The Workplace of Exclusive Education and Rehabilitative
Companies has technological help centers and assets for individuals with disabilities who are involved in the
justice system, and our Workplace of Profession, Specialized, and Grownup Education has
several technological help initiatives
doing work to strengthen reentry for incarcerated individuals.

With the
passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of
2021
, the Section
of Education will further develop the capacity to serve incarcerated pupils by
reinstating Pell Grant eligibility for qualified pupils enrolled in selected
prison education and learning packages. This application will be transformational for
incarcerated pupils, making it possible for them to further their education and learning, get hold of
postsecondary credentials, and positively impact their people and
communities.

By means of
collaboration, the federal government can leverage assets and elevate voices
to move the needle on these problems. And as President Biden reported in his 2nd Probability Month proclamation: “Supporting second prospects suggests …
providing high quality job instruction and educational alternatives for the duration of
incarceration to get ready individuals for the 21st century financial system.” The
Section of Education is recommitting to providing those people second prospects so
that all folks in our region can satisfy their endless possible by way of
education and learning.

Take into consideration
checking out the
Nationwide Reentry Useful resource Heart and Youth.Gov to discover additional about what is
going on in your local community, what the Section is accomplishing to help, and how you
can get involved.