Document Type

Honors Project

Publication Date



The United States has the highest number of incarcerated individuals per capita of any country in the world. Every single year, a large number of these individuals are released from prison and re-enter their communities. However, within three years,many of them will have recidivated and returned to prison. In Wisconsin, roughly 40% of all individuals released from prison will recidivate within three years. The financial burden of keeping such a high number of people incarcerated is monumental and rising. Identifying solutions to the problem of recidivism is critical to reducing the overall costs of incarceration for society. Correctional education programs have been shown to be one avenue in reducing the recidivism rates of individuals who participate in them while they are incarcerated. To date, Wisconsin has had very limited study of its correctional education programs and their effectiveness in reducing recidivism rates. In this descriptive piece of work, I will be examining the correctional education programs offered within the Wisconsin correctional system. Additionally, I will provide a basic analysis of the effectiveness that involvement in Wisconsin’s correctional education programs has on reducing recidivism rates.

Level of Honors

cum laude




Arnold Shober