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New Study: Education Cuts Recidivism, Saves Money

A new study released on Thursday found prison education is helping inmates by reducing recidivism rates, improving employment and saving taxpayer dollars.
LITTLE ROCK, AR- A new study released on Thursday found prison education is helping inmates by reducing recidivism rates, improving employment and saving taxpayer dollars.

The RAND Corporation released the study showing inmates who took part in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not.

Each year, about 700,000 inmates leave federal and state prisons, and about half of them will be reincarcerated within three years.

The study also shows prison education programs are cost effective, saving taxpayer dollars.

"It costs on average 60-plus dollars a day to hold somebody in a facility, so if they're out in society being a good part of it with an education, then yes certainly it's more cost effective," said Lt. Carl Minden, Pulaski Co Sheriff's Office.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said it works with various organizations that educate inmates and help them get back on their feet.

To learn more about the study, click here.

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