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NCJ Number: 210710 Find in a Library
Title: Life Skills Project: Lifeskills for Women at Shelby County Division of Corrections
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:56  Issue:2  Dated:June 2005  Pages:124-130
Author(s): Jacquelyn Scruggs
Date Published: June 2005
Page Count: 7
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the features and presents the evaluation findings for the Shelby County Division of Corrections' (Tennessee) Lifeskills for Women (LFW) program, which received funding under the U.S. Department of Education's Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners Program.
Abstract: The LFW offers strategies and approaches for changing criminogenic cognitive systems and behavioral patterns of incarcerated women who are preparing for reentry into the community. First implemented in 1997 and funded again in 2000, the LFW is a comprehensive, multifaceted rehabilitation program designed to motivate, educate, and empower incarcerated women to develop personal and interpersonal skills and behavioral awareness. Program components are skills and needs assessment/life action plan development, interactive empowerment/life management/job readiness workshops, moral reconation therapy, mentoring, case management over 2 years of aftercare, and job development and placement. Collaboration with community agencies facilitates the delivery of this broad range of services. An independent evaluator tracked participants for 2 years after release, comparing recidivism rates for program participants with those of a control group. Of the 114 participants for whom data were collected and who were released for at least 1 year, 21 percent were rearrested and 10 percent were reincarcerated, compared to 70 percent and 62.8 percent, respectively, for the general female offender population. Of the 98 participants assessed for 2 years after release, 27.9 percent of program participants were rearrested and none were incarcerated, compared to 66.7 percent and 58.2 percent, respectively, for the general female offender population. Goal achievements that contributed to participant's reduced recidivism were increased employment, family reunification, and the enhancement of skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Federal programs; Female inmates; Grants or contracts; Interagency cooperation; Life skills training; Recidivism; Tennessee
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