One of the best, most cost-effective ways to reduce recidivism is to offer inmates a college education. But, as the nation prepares for an increase in the number of released prisoners, there is very little being invested in prison higher ed.
Nearly half of all black and Hispanic students in the United States go to a high-poverty school, where graduation rates lag far behind schools in higher-income areas. Schools in Miami and Pasadena are trying to help students overcome the effects of poverty and segregation.
Kids who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to drop out and wind up in prison. Schools are struggling to reduce suspensions and to find other ways to make sure classrooms are calm and safe.
When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But nearly half end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority never get a college degree.