The Concept of Reducing Recidivism via College-in-Prison: Thoughts on Data Collection, Methodology, and the Question of Purpose

Robert Scott


Conversations about reducing recidivism can be reductionist. This paper introduces strategies by which college-in-prison programs can collect post-release data on their students, as well as the research methods necessary to make predictive claims about the impact of such work. The question is raised: is reducing recidivism the purpose of college-in-prison? Following some speculation about the prevalence of this narrative, the paper concludes with some thoughts about alternative justifications for college-in-prison.


Higher Education in Prison; Prisons; Higher Education; Correctional Education; Prison Education; Social Justice; Prison; Mass Incarceration; Recidivism

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ISSN 1920-4175 Critical Education