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Performance Audit of the Correctional Education School Authority , Report No. 12225, January 1994

  • CESA has not fully complied with many statutory requirements. CESA has not established goals, objectives, and performance measures to assess its correctional education programs, nor has it established a system of management controls for assessing, reporting, and monitoring its activities. CESA has not ensured that complete and reliable statistics are collected and maintained, and it does not have procedures to ensure that information is comparable across years. Furthermore, CESA has not developed procedures to compile and report data to satisfy statutory reporting requirements or to determine whether it is fulfilling its mission.
  • CESA has not established procedures to assure that inmates most likely to benefit from correctional education are identified and assigned to facilities that offer correctional education. As a result, CESA cannot assure that inmates with priority educational needs receive education during incarceration or that CESA's resources are used according to the priorities established in statute. For example, inmates not recommended for educational courses were more likely to be assigned to courses than inmates recommended for education, and inmates needing literacy education were often not placed in educational programs.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

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