Inmate Literacy Assessment Study At The Lake County Indiana Jail

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This is a report of the academic journal article “Inmate Literacy Assessment Study at the Lake County Indiana Jail” by Jeanette C. Shutay, Ph.D., David Plebanski, Ph.D. and Michael McCafferty originally published in The Journal of Correctional Education in June 2010.
In this article, for the purpose of determining the relationship between educational level and literacy among prisoners, scholars conducted a research study at the Lake County Indiana Jail. Due to the fact that recidivism rates had risen in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, educators thought education might be an important factor on either a person could have a job and serve the society, or commit a crime and end up being in jail. Previous research and study conducted by Schweinhart, Barnes & Weikart (1993) and Reynolds; Temple; Robertson & Mann (2001) had shown that childhood education had beneficial effects on reducing criminality in adulthood (Shutay, Plebanski, and McCafferty, 2010). However, high level of education did not mean high level of literacy according to Allen (2006). Therefore, studying the educational attainment and literacy helps to see the relation between education and imprisonment from another point of view. The hypotheses of the study were that the educational attainment as well as the literacy of inmates at the Lake County Jail would be relatively lower comparing to the general population of the U.S. In the study, the participants was a sample of 159…

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