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More than 2.4 million people are today incarcerated in the US, the vast majority of them Hispanic and African-American men. One third of black men are expected to go to prison during their lives, and most will go more than once; over 90% of prisoners eventually return to society, but the national recidivism rate is approximately 60% within three years of release. The most successful way to lower recidivism, studies have demonstrated, is education. Mindful of this research, the New Jersey government passed legislation in January 2010 demanding that educational opportunities for the inmates of state prisons be sharply expanded. Because public funds for prison education have been cut in the last two decades, this mandate necessitates that the Department of Corrections recruit volunteer tutors and teachers and form strategic partnerships with New Jersey colleges and universities supported by external private and public funding.

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