“Education is crucial for helping justice-impacted people reach their potential, especially given that one of the most vicious characteristics of the criminal justice system is its cyclical nature. It's sadly very difficult to escape the system once engaged with it – the five-year rearrest rate
for people released from prison is more than 70%.…To reduce crime, we must also help people break the cycle of crime and incarceration. It makes no sense to spend $80 billion
a year to incarcerate almost 2 million people
and then invest nothing to increase the odds they won’t end up back in prison. It would be like pumping all the water out of your flooded basement, then not doing anything to patch the hole in the foundation."