Inmate Literacy Assessment Study at the Lake County Indiana Jail

Shutay, Jeanette C.; Plebanski, David; McCafferty, Michael
June 2010
Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2010, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p99
Academic Journal
This study utilized a sample of 159 inmates from a small Northwest Indiana correctional facility to examine the educational attainment and literacy proficiency of the inmates. The 3rd edition of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-3) was used to assess the spelling, reading and arithmetic achievement of the inmates. Overall the results of this study indicate that educational attainment and literacy proficiency was low for the inmate sample, on average. Also, no major differences were found with regard to educational attainment or literacy as a function of race or gender. However, the relationship between educational attainment and literacy proficiency was very different based on gender. Males yielded correlations that were moderate in strength and above while females yielded correlations that were negligible to non-existent The results of the study and the corresponding implications and limitations are discussed.


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