The number of inmates earning GED certificates jumped 49% over the last two years, with 1,953 GED certificates earned in Fiscal Year 2008-09, compared to 1,313 in FY 2006-07, an increase of 640 certificates earned. The increase reflects the number of inmates who passed all parts of the test: reading, language, writing, math, social studies and science.
Studies show that inmates who have a GED upon release from prison recidivate 7.9% less than inmates overall. An inmate with an education has a better chance of getting a job and not coming back to prison.
The increase in GEDs earned can be attributed to a combination of factors, including:
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When They Succeed, We Succeed.
“Our re-entry slogan highlights the reality that when an inmate or an offender succeeds in becoming a law abiding, functioning member of our society, our communities succeed because they are safer and taxpayer dollars can be spent in other community areas.”
Assistant Secretary of Re-Entry