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Minnesota Department of Corrections Education

Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary programs in the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) aim to provide incarcerated individuals access to higher education degrees and career technical certifications aligned with the state’s workforce needs.  Academic and vocational offerings foster personal growth, reduce recidivism, improve job opportunities, and promote successful integration into society.  Higher education programs reduce violence in prisons, and those who participate are not only significantly less likely to return to prison after release but often serve as role models and mentors while inside.  Through strategic partnerships with educational institutions, DOC’s college in prison programs cultivate a culture of learning within Minnesota state correctional facilities and contribute to a more equitable and rehabilitative justice system.
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