The Demographic Make-up of Incarcerated Persons Taking Postsecondary Courses in California
Researchers from UC Davis and UC
Berkeley matched statewide data from the California Community
Colleges and the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation to provide a detailed analysis of the demographics
of students taking college courses while incarcerated. They also
provide details on the types of courses incarcerated students
take, their course loads and course performance during a
four-year period prior to the pandemic.
Encouragingly, the number of colleges offering courses and the
number of students enrolling has increased significantly over
time, and those who do enroll are achieving success that exceeds
that of students in campus settings.
Yet, participation is not representative among different racial
and age groups. Under-representation of Black and Latinx
incarcerated students merits attention and action.
We’re pleased to share this
analysis by Tolani Britton, Assistant Professor in the Graduate
School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley;
Elizabeth Friedmann, a research fellow at Wheelhouse and the
California Education Lab, UC Davis; and Sara Adan, a graduate
student in the UC Davis School of
the brief here.