Top Educational Software Offers Collaborative Tools
To Scale Prison Literacy
Prison is, literally and figuratively, about closed doors.
Improved literacy can open those doors.
The Family Learning Companya family has developed a learning
software platform that enables prison systems to tailor their
literacy and education programs to the real-world needs of both
juvenile and adult inmates.
The company, founded by Jon Bower and Peter Dublin,
Ed.D., now provides the tools necessary to increase
prison literacy rates and reduce recidivism.
With more than half of adult inmates in America's
prisons not being able to read above a fourth-
grade level, this platform can help correctional
facilities to focus on the development of core
reading skills, before working up to HSE-level
Regardless of whether they are ready to
find work, more than 95 percent of the
one and a half million individuals in
American prisons will be released at
Within three years, more than a third of those released from
prison will return behind bars.
One study showed that participation in
prison education, including both
academic and vocational programming,
was associated with an over 40 percent
reduction in recidivism.
The Family Learning Company's
software platform provides thousands of
learning activities to share and master.
Mr. Bower, the CEO, was formerly the CEO of Lexia Learning
Systems and holds an MBA from Stanford.
Dr. Dublin has been developing educational
software for over thirty-five years and has
authored more than twenty textbooks and
hundreds of software titles, including fifteen
apps in the Apple App Store.
"Literacy is directly correlated to a
person's freedom - to find a job, to
learn new ideas, and to secure a place
in society," said a company
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