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Inmate Education

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry Education Program recognizes the importance of education in helping reduce recidivism.  A continuum of education and training opportunities that address the assessed needs of Arizona’s offender population are provided. These programs are arranged to assist offenders in gaining skills which lead to productive and practical work experiences while within the correctional setting and the transition back into the community upon release.

Educational services are provided in three basic program areas:  Functional Literacy, GED Preparation and Work-Based Education.  Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, section 504 are offered to all qualifying offenders.

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry offers a staff of more than one hundred professional educators who address the educational needs of the offender population incarcerated in ten ADC prison complexes and three private prisons contracting with ADC statewide. Of these, some are academic classroom teachers who provide instruction in the Functional Literacy and GED Preparation Programs, others are Correctional Education Program Supervisors (CEPS) and Correctional Education Program Managers (CEPM) who provide on-site supervision of the education programs.  There are also teachers who possess the necessary certification to provide Special Education services.

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