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Title: Problems and Challenges Posed by Long-Term Offenders in the New York State Prison System
Journal: Prison Journal  Volume:80  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring-Summer 1990)  Pages:115-120
Author(s): T A Coughlin III
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Statutory changes and enhanced law enforcement efforts have led to a rapid rise in the New York State prison population and a concurrent increase in the number of inmates serving long prison terms of five years or more. Two basic problem areas appear to apply more to long-term than short-term offenders: initial adjustment to the idea of a long period of confinement and development of activities or interests to cope with the confinement.
Abstract: While there is a period of initial adjustment, New York corrections officials have found that most long-term inmates accept the fact of their confinement fairly quickly, and that individuals experiencing major problems can be helped through existing mental health services. Two long-term inmate organizations demonstrate several coping techniques: one is a support group for female offenders that also performs some community services, while the other group focuses on issues relevant to inmates serving life sentences. The statewide Industries Program allows long-term offenders an opportunity to engage in a work environment that approximates the outside world as much as possible.
Main Term(s): Long-term imprisonment
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Inmate vocational training; New York
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