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c. Corrections Education and other Education of Institutionalized Individuals

Describe how the State will establish and operate programs under section 225 of WIOA for corrections education and education of other institutionalized individuals, including how it will fund, in accordance with the requirements of title II subtitle C, any of the following academic programs for:

  • Adult education and literacy activities;
  • Special education, as determined by the eligible agency; 
  • Secondary school credit;
  • Integrated education and training;
  • Career pathways;
  • Concurrent enrollment;
  • Peer tutoring; and
  • Transition to re-entry initiatives and other post release services with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Each eligible agency using funds provided under Programs for Corrections Education and Other Institutionalized Individuals to carry out a program for criminal offenders within a correctional institution must give priority to serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within 5 years of participation in the program.  

Current Narrative:

The Idaho Division of Career & Technical Education uses no more than 20% of funds awarded to eligible providers to support programs under section 225 for incarcerated and institutionalized individuals. Grant funds are awarded to an eligible provider that offers applicable services to incarcerated or institutionalized individuals. Funds are awarded using a competitive application process outlined in part (b (i)) above, after which, providers may request funds on an annual basis through an extension application.

The State requires that any eligible provider using Title II funds to carry out programs authorized under section 225, give priority to those offenders who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program.

Correctional programs may use funds to carry out activities as authorized under Section 225, including:

1.   Adult Education and Literacy (as defined in part (b) above)

2.   Special education, as determined by the eligible state agency administering the grant

3.   Secondary school credit

4.   Integrated education and training

5.   Career pathways

6.   Concurrent enrollment

7.   Peer tutoring and

8.   Transition to re-entry initiatives and other post-release services with the goal of reducing recidivism.

The type of activities offered by correctional service providers depends on the needs of the populations being served. Programs are expected to provide those activities, which are appropriate to meet the needs of the populations in their facility. For example, short-term facilities (such as county jails) should prioritize activities that can have a meaningful impact in a short amount of time and help meet a student’s re-entry needs. Longer-term facilities (such as state prisons) may choose to focus on longer, more intensive education programs for students who will be incarcerated for multiple years.

When submitting applications for funds to support activities authorized under Section 225, applicants are required to provide rationale for each activity for which funds are requested, including data that demonstrates a need for the activity in their facility.