Call for Articles

Prison Literacy Edition of the COABE Journal



More than 700,000 incarcerated individuals leave federal and state prisons each year, making reentry into the community a major concern for everyone. However, there is a constant cycle into and out of our criminal justice system with nearly two thirds of those released from prison finding their way back inside within three years of release.

According to a 2010 Pew Charitable Trust Report:

  • Approximately 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent.

  • One in three black males and one in eight white males between the ages of 20 and 34 without a high school credential are incarcerated.

  • Formerly incarcerated men earn approximately 11% less per hour and 40% less per year than those who have never been incarcerated.

Unfortunately, many offenders are ill-equipped to break the cycle of catch and release because of the lack of education and workforce skills needed to succeed in the labor market and the cognitive skills needed to address the challenges of reentry. In fact, 40% of federal and state prisoners lack a high school credential, compared to less than 20% of the general population. Many returning citizens struggle to find employment upon their release. Of the men and women who receive adult education when incarcerated, there is a 43% better chance of those individuals not recidivating.

Education and skill training inside and then continuing outside the prison walls holds the key to not only stemming the tide of recidivism but in changing the generations that follow.

With these sobering statistics in mind, COABE is planning a special Prison Literacy Edition of the COABE Journal, slated to be published in March 2019.

Do you have experience working with incarcerated adults? Have you been involved in prison education programs? We are looking for articles that focus on this relevant topic of prison literacy and prison education. Please consider making a contribution to this important issue of the COABE Journal.

To review the details for article submission click here. Deadline: January 15, 2019.