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What Alison is doing

Alison is dedicated to helping marginalised communities, among them the formerly incarcerated, become successful in their lives and make a productive contribution to society.

Alison has already helped hundreds of formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter the workforce and it is now reaching out to those organisations dedicated to helping people re-enter the workforce in a bid to assist them in tackling their educational needs.

A court in upstate New York has made a landmark ruling. A young offender by the name of Dylan Lewis was released from the threat of incarceration after having successfully completed two courses on Alison. Read more...

What Alison offers

  • Over 800 standards-based and certified FREE courses.
  • A dedicated Advanced Diploma in Workforce Re-Entry Skills that provides learners with the soft skills they need to re-enter their communities and the basic skills they need to find gainful employment.
  • Low cost Alison certificates that users can purchase and use as a record of their learning achievement for parole boards, Workforce Development providers and potential employers.

Education and Incarceration

  • There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that mass incarceration does not work.
  • Incarceration costs are soaring - the costs to incarcerate one individual for one year ranges between $30,000 and $130,000 from state to state (The Sentencing Project).
  • Access to education is key to reducing recidivism.
  • For every dollar spent on educating an incarcerated learner, the state saves $5 in operating and re-incarceration costs, (RAND Corporation).
  • Children who drop out of high school or are criminally justice involved as youths are more likely to be incarcerated as adults.
  • Less than 50% of those incarcerated in America have a high school equivalency and are therefore less likely to be gainfully employed or to hold a position that pays more than the national minimum wage, (RAND Corporation).
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals face numerous challenges when they emerge from prison and attempt to re-enter the workforce, leading to greater levels of recidivism.
  • Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to become criminally justice involved and more likely to drop out of school.
  • Youths who hold a high school equivalency, show motivation by engaging in self-directed learning and are gainfully employed are less likely to become criminally justice involved, (The Sentencing Project).
  • While incarceration rates are slowing, there are still 2.3 million incarcerated individuals in prisons, 6 million on probation and 20 million formerly incarcerated, who are increasingly marginalised.

For further information on any of the above services and to discuss budget and pricing requirements, please contact [email protected]

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