Florida PYs 2020-2023 Published Approved

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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:

Corrections Education and other Education of Institutionalized Individuals

As specified in section 225 of WIOA, the DCAE spends no more than 20 percent of the 82.5 percent of the state grant allotted to local programs for correctional education activities. Funding allocations are determined as part of the planning process for the implementation of WIOA. Priority is given to serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within 5 years of participation in the program. Adult education programs offered in correctional institutions include ABE, GED® Preparation and ESOL. Individuals participate in career exploration and planning activities to develop a career and education plan based on career goals.

Florida is committed to providing high-quality educational programs in state correctional settings and intends to continue its partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) to ensure inmates have access to Adult Education and CTE programs that can prepare them for current and emerging employment in high-skill, high-wage and in-demand occupations. These instructional services are critical to ensuring the ease of transition for incarcerated individuals and ideally reduce the rate of recidivism upon release.