The goal of education programs is to provide offenders with basic literacy, academic and personal development skills. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offers a variety of education programs. These include:
- Adult Basic Education Program
- General Educational Development Program
- English (or French) as a Second Language Program
- Keys to Family Literacy Program
- Post-secondary Prerequisite Program
- Post-secondary Education Program
Offenders who have less than a grade 12 level (or equivalent) of education are required to participate in an education program. This is based on CSC policies. All education programs are continuous. This means there are no specific start or end dates. The length of time is based on requirements and progress.
Research Footnote 1 shows that educational programs work. When offenders participate in these programs, they are more likely to find a job once they are released. They are also less likely to reoffend. Even a minimal amount of educational programming helps them learn life skills they need to be successful as they transition into the community.
Limited Computer Access
Inmates are allowed to use designated computers in the institution. These computers are for learning, work, program, legal, and recreational use. Access is carefully controlled. The computers are not linked to CSC’s security systems, our internal network or the Internet.
- Footnote 1
Can Educating Adult Offenders Counteract Recidivism? Research Branch: Research Report No. R-22, January 1992; and, A Two-Year Follow-Up of Federal Offenders who Participated in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program. Research Branch: Research Report No. R-60, February 1998.
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