This current stock-take of Literacy and Basic Education (Alphabetsierungs- und Grundbildung) courses in the German prison system closes a gap in data collection and analysis. Needs and requirements were ascertained in qualitative interviews with experts, teachers and inmates and were applied to the legal framework. The authors inspect qualitative and quantitative indicators for literacy work with inmates and deliver a foundation for further research on the topic. An overview of the number of offerings rounds off the view.
The study is part of the findings of the BMBF project RAUS (Resocialisation by Way of Literacy Training and Transition Management for Offenders - Resozialisierung durch Alphabetisierung und Übergangsmanagement von Straffälligen). One important project objective is the establishment of basic education in the prison system to allow ex convicts better chances in the job market and a normal life in society.