Correctional Literacy Instruction

Correctional Literacy Program

Break the cycle of inmate recidivism with low-level literacy instruction for juvenile and adult inmates in correctional and rehabilitation centers.



Efficient Reading Improvement for Inmates

When helping inmates improve their reading skills, there is no time to waste. There is often a limited time to help them before they are back in the outside world and need these skills to find employment and live a productive life.

The Reading Horizons Elevate® Software ensures that the students in your facility are receiving efficient low-level reading instruction that targets the individual reading skills that are preventing them from making progress with reading. Teacher materials and training can also be utilized for deeper instruction and intervention.

Offline Version

To meet the needs of correctional facilities without internet access, the software is available in an offline format.



Implementing Effective Reading Instruction in Correctional Settings

Watch these free webinar presentations from Reading Horizons Reading Specialist, Shantell Berrett Blake, M.A., to learn the crucial components and the best approach for implementing effective reading instruction in correctional settings.

"The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure."

- U.S. Department of Justice


California Inmate Literacy Project

The California Literacy Project studied the impact of the Reading Horizons program on inmates reading skills over the course of three years. Forty percent of inmates in the program gained more than 3.5 grade levels in their reading skills. Ninety-five percent of inmates said they thought the software helped them learn to read better. Review the graph and download the full case study to see the results of the study.

Review additional research studies about the Reading Horizons program in correctional settings:



Watch this video to see how Ohio Department of Corrections used the Reading Horizons program to help their students improve their reading skills:


Statewide Adoptions

The following states use Reading Horizons as an inmate literacy program:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
"At first we used Reading Horizons as a tack on to another program, but we all started getting such good results that it became a staple for all of our correctional programs. It really helps with a whole host of writing, spelling, and reading problems – for both lower level and higher level students."

- Frances Tracy-Mumford | Maryland Academic Coordinator of Correctional Education, Baltimore, MD

"I have a student who went up 400+ Lexile® points at midpoint. He smiles every day and tells me how easy reading is now. He just told me that it's because of the Reading Horizons program; he is reading 12th-grade books and can read the 'big words' that he could not read before."

- Diane W., Texas Juvenile Justice Department, TX

"Reading Horizons materials are presented using all three modalities, so students are more easily engaged in the work. The materials can also be used by every class member. Three of the five emerging readers in my class demonstrated significant improvement in word recognition. One of my non-readers (who was very vocal about not needing an education) told me 'Ms. Pierce, with the way I am going, I will actually like to read by the time I go home. I am really liking it'."

- Joan Pierce | Instructor, Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Columbus, OH

"When you can teach these kids to read, you open a new world to them. When they can get lost in a book it gives them a mental escape from their day-to-day: it's therapeutic."

- Brian Brown | Educational Specialist, NWESD 189 - Skagit County Juvenile, Skagit County, WA