Author(s): Erisman, Wendy.
Organizational Author(s): Strix Research, LLC and RTI International
Evaluates the implementation of the Reentry Education Model through the Promoting Reentry Success Through Continuity of Educational Opportunities (PRSCEO) project – launched by the US Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education – and provides recommendations that may improve career pathways for formerly incarcerated individuals.
“In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released its Reentry Education Model, an evidence based effort “to bridge the gap between prison and community-based education and training programs.” (Tolbert 2012). The model focuses on establishing a strong program infrastructure, strengthening and aligning correctional and reentry education services, and integrating education into the correctional system. Three demonstration projects — two education providers working with county jails and another working with state prisons — were selected through a competitive process and received grant funding to help implement the model beginning in March 2013. This report uses observations from the first full year of the Promoting Reentry Success Through Continuity of Educational Opportunities (PRSCEO) demonstration projects to tell the story of each site’s implementation of the Reentry Education Model and to look across the three sites to identify the model’s strengths and limitations” (p.xi).
The implementation study, published in June 2015, was conducted to identify the strengths and weakness of the PRSCEO project and to improve the model. It relied mostly on qualitative data and “…included two visits to each site; interviews and focus groups with project leaders, staff, students, and partners; and a review of relevant documents for each project” (p.1).
“Following brief descriptions of the three demonstration projects, the report examines target audiences for the model, identifying key differences noted at the demonstration site working with state prisons versus the two working with county jails…Using the structure of the original model, the report then addresses the experiences of the demonstration sites under the broad categories of program infrastructure, education services, and intake and prerelease processes. Within each section, a discussion ensues about the ways in which the model can be revised to reflect the lessons learned at each of the PRSCEO demonstration sites during implementation of their projects” (p.2).”
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Full publication title: Reentry Education Model Implementation Study: Promoting Reentry Success through Continuity of Educational Opportunities