Making an Impact
- Six percent of residents in state prisons nationwide have the opportunity for college courses, offered in only 35 percent of state prisons.
- “In comparison to the cost of re-incarceration, education offers an estimated 400 % return on investment for taxpayers over three years, or $5 saved for every $1 spent.”
- The largest study on correctional education programs in the United States, conducted by RAND, indicates that when incarcerated, residents who participate in prison education programs are 43% less likely to recidivate than those who do not, including reoffending, rearrest, reconviction, re-incarceration, or parole violations. 
- In-prison college courses provide greater opportunity for those released to obtain employment. The increase in employment is 13 percent.
- In-prison college programs increase the safety of the correctional facility, affecting correctional staff as well as incarcerated individuals who are not in college programs
- Children of incarcerated college students and graduates are more likely to seek postsecondary education for themselves, extending the academic opportunities to future generations. 
 See Laura E. Gorgol and Brian A. Sponsler, Unlocking Potential: Results of a National survey of Postsecondary Education in State Prisons, (Washington, DC: 2011).
 See Lois M. Davis, Robert Bozick, Jennifer L. Steele, Jessica Saunders, Jeremy N. V. Miles, Evaluating the Effectiveness of correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corp., 2013), 81.
 See: Making the Grade: Vera Institute for Justice, p. 10.
 Davis, Steele, et al., xvi, 15.
 See Correctional Association of New York, Education from the Inside, Out: Multiple Benefits of College Programs in Prison (New York: correctional Association of New York, 2009) 8-9.
Correctional Association of New York, 2009, 3.