Incarcerated Adults Lack Literacy and Numeracy Skills

November 15, 2016

More than half of incarcerated adults lack basic numeracy skills, according to new report from the federal government's National Center for Education Statistics, which also found that one-third lack basic literacy skills.

The study also found that less than half (49 percent) of prison inmates reported being employed full-time prior to their incarceration.

The U.S. Department of Education this year began an experimental program through which 12,000 inmates around the country will be able to receive federal Pell Grants while they pursue a college credential in prison. The department chose academic programs from 67 colleges and universities to participate in the experiment, which is dubbed Second Chance Pell.

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