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NCJ Number: 136764 Find in a Library
Title: Encounter: A Study of Effects of an Interaction Between Student Inmates From Prairie Correctional Center and Students From Illinois State University
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:43  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:46-51
Author(s): T McAninch; S Narvick
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study is based on the diaries written by students at Illinois State University who participated in a 3-hour encounter session with inmate students at Prairie Correctional Center.
Abstract: The professor who taught both groups of students facilitated the discussion which covered a wide range of topics, some related to imprisonment, and others dealing with life. Although both groups had entered the encounter session with preconceived fears and ideas about the other group, those fears and anxieties had changed to feelings of trust and understanding by the end of the meeting. The student inmates felt the encounter had helped them to prepare for release or to cope with the remainder of their imprisonment. The campus students underwent a major attitudinal change toward inmates, by realizing that all inmates are not dangerous, but rather each is an individual with the same thoughts, needs, and feelings as themselves. All the participants found the experience to be a worthwhile learning device that should be replicated at other institutions.
Main Term(s): Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Perception
Index Term(s): Illinois; Inmate attitudes; Public Opinion of Crime
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