(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that illiteracy is a problem in
today's society and a particular problem among persons in correctional facilities.
(2) The general assembly further finds and declares that:
(a) Illiteracy and cognitive and vocational deficiencies among persons in the custody
of the department contribute to their inability to successfully reintegrate into society
upon their release from custody and the likelihood of their return to criminal activity;
(b) Research demonstrates a clear relationship between employment of such persons
and a reduction in their recidivism.
(3) It is therefore the intent of the general assembly in enacting this article to:
(a) Develop and implement a comprehensive competency-based educational and vocational
program to combat illiteracy and develop marketable employment skills among persons
in correctional facilities so they can become productive members of society when they
are reintegrated into society; and
(b) Ensure that state funding is provided to educational and vocational programs that
meet performance objectives, provide market-relevant training, and are proven to increase
the likelihood that persons who are released from a correctional facility will successfully
reintegrate into society.
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