Research shows that in order to reduce recidivism rates in prisons, financial education and other life skills should be a mandatory topic in our prison systems. By creating a learning environment conducive to the specialized needs of this audience, an inmate's ability to set goals, recognize wants and needs, maintain bank accounts, create a budget, manage debt, and use credit wisely can be achieved. By introducing interactive, experiential learning tools from Extension, the educator can open doors to financial discussions, questions, and collaborations that are easily adaptable to prison life or to future home lives.
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Richel, K. (2013). Introducing Inmates to Extension Through Financial Education and Experiential Learning Tools. The Journal of Extension, 51(3), Article 6. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.03.06