Education Services

The mission of Educational Services in North Carolina prisons is to provide services to those offenders who participate in education activities so that they may become responsible and productive persons who can effectively manage their incarceration and make contributions to their community upon release.

The philosophy of Educational Services is that correctional education is an integral part of the total correctional process. Education is capable of changing offender behaviors so they become law-abiding, productive members of the community. The goal of Educational Services is to provide a system of education offerings that range from basic reading, writing, and computation skills to advanced vocational skills, which also includes training in the areas of social development and life skills. The outcome goal is to provide offenders with the resources for making a worthwhile life.

The array of education services provided is intended to meet the wide variety of needs of offenders, including those skills required to be successful as jobholders and as contributing members of their communities. It is also the guiding philosophy of the Division of Prisons Educational Services Section that these services must be systematically planned and evaluated, and that changes must be made in the way services are provided depending on changes in education technology, demands of the workplace, and characteristics of the offender population.

2015 Educational Services Annual Report