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Prisons as Schools for Change: Evidence from Illinois

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $585,726)

This project involves an RCT to examine whether re-orienting every aspect of the prison experience towards rehabilitation – by investing in education, mental health, and physical health while individuals are incarcerated – can reduce prison re-entry rates. The project involves a collaboration with the Kewanee Life Skills Re-entry Center (LSRC), a facility in the Illinois Department of Correction that houses men who are between one and four years away from release and are at medium to highrisk of recidivating post-release. The LSRC focuses on the provision of educational programming, life skills courses, academic instruction, vocational training, physical and mental health access, and humane treatment. The goal of this project is to inform the national debate on criminal justice reform, which has increasingly begun to focus on how to lower the nations exceptionally high incarceration and re-incarceration rates.

Date Created: September 29, 2021