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Getting Back on Course: Educational Exclusion and Attainment Among Formerly Incarcerated People

Prison Policy Initiative logoUsing data from the National Former Prisoner Survey, this report from the Prison Policy Initiative reveals that formerly incarcerated people are often relegated to the lowest rungs of the educational ladder; more than half hold only a high school diploma or GED, and a quarter hold no credential at all. While incarcerated, and even after release from prison, the report finds that people rarely get the chance to make up for the educational opportunities from which they’ve been excluded—opportunities that impact their chances of reentry success.