Montgomery College began working with our local correctional facility in 2012 and has provided classes to thousands of inmate-learners on topics like computer science, food safety, digital literacy, as well as GED. Preparing former offenders for jobs upon release is a smart investment of resources. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, as people achieve higher education levels, they are statistically less likely to commit crimes. A RAND study found a return on investment of six to seven times the initial cost of prison education programs. Additional benefits strengthen communities: Ex-offenders can rebuild their lives, families can reunite in the hope of permanence, and communities are safer with people gainfully employed.