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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as of midyear 2010, the total population of jail inmates was 1,613,740. Since jail inmates have been reported to have lower levels of education than the general population, it raises a high concern for their re-establishment in our society once they are released. While there has been an attempt to provide educational services such as the attainment of GED’s to prisoners of the adult correctional population, the services naturally discontinue once the prisoners have served their time in prison. This study examines the opportunities and obstacles that are presented to prisoners who seek education after their release from prison. The study also reviews the policies in place which hinder the re-establishment of ex-inmates in our society and closely examines the racial groups who are most affected by these restrictions. Specifically, the study will examine the Hispanic population in more depth as it has been recognized by the U.S. Census to be one of the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic groups.