However, there is room for improvement in the program. Dan suggests that program could use more multi-media resources to teach the material in a more dynamic way. The class could also use more part time instructors; Charlie is the only teacher in the class.
“When I get sick,” Charlie says jokingly, “the class gets the day off!”
There is a significant amount of research for the completion of the GED during incarceration. Studies have shown recidivism rates go down over five to ten percent for men who’ve completed the GED program while incarcerated. On top of that, the younger the person is upon completing the GED while incarcerated the less likely their chance of recidivism.
What little research has been done about the completion of a GED program post-incarceration indicates that there is a decreased rate of recidivism. The majority of information that is known is told by personal accounts of former graduates who’ve gone on to be successful.
As Connecticut’s unemployment rate hovers around nine percent, the GED has become less effective in finding gainful employment. However, there are secondary options for GED graduates. Trade schools are an option. In order to enter a trade school a person needs to have a high school diploma or equivalent. There is also the route of college, particularly community college, where scholarships are available for low-income students.
Charlie has seen several of his students move on to community college and trade schools. He’s also seen students disappear from the class: presumably dropping the program or worse, incarcerated. He cannot control the paths of these men; he can only guide them towards a better future.
When people perceive the police acting in an unfair and biased manner, they will tend to have less trust in police.