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NCJ Number: 120268 Find in a Library
Title: Prisoner Education in Alaska
Author(s): K Hart
Corporate Author: Alaska State Legislature
House Research Agency
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: Alaska State Legislature
Juneau, AK 99801
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of the availability of inmate education programs and of program needs in Alaska's prisons led to recommendations to establish a simple and cost-effective administrative structure based on the experience of rural school districts in the State.
Abstract: In 1988 a court found the State not in compliance with a 1983 settlement agreement regarding inmate education programs. The responsibility for inmate education now rests in a State division. None of the current staff are educators or people with practical experience in correctional education. In addition, program funding has fluctuated, and postsecondary programming is often unavailable. To be successful these programs need clearly stated goals and strategies, strong educational leadership, content and approach that match inmates' needs, an environment conducive to learning, and regular evaluation. Recommended changes include treating each prison as a separate school with a head teacher, improved staff training, broadened sources of funding, and granting of additional good time to inmates who participate constructively in educational programs. Footnotes and 50 references.
Main Term(s): Inmate Education Assistance Programs
Index Term(s): Alaska; Inmate academic education; Offenders college-credit-programs
Note: House Agency Research Report 89-B
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