Thinking Exit at Entry: Exploring Outcomes of Georgia's Juvenile Justice Educational Programs

Risler, Ed; O'Rourke, Tom
September 2009
Journal of Correctional Education;Sep2009, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p225
Academic Journal
Educational programs are often considered the last opportunity for an incarcerated youth to prepare for successful transition into society. While there is considerable literature identifying and describing the characteristics of youth and program services for youth in correctional facilities, it is important to gain a better understanding of factors that lead to successful transitioning upon return to their home communities. This purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the educational programs in correctional facilities operated by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, and to report on the findings of a follow-up study exploring the outcomes of a cohort of youth that completed an educational program and received either a High School Diploma, a Special Education Diploma, or a GED.


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