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NCJ Number: 156197 Find in a Library
Title: Incentive and Penalty in Education
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:46  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:79-82
Author(s): M Van Waters
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article, originally published in 1938, describes the Reformatory Prison for Women of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at Framingham as a model of correctional education.
Abstract: Schools and prisons produce men and women who characterize society. The experience of education in both agencies has elements in common, but prison presents the sterner realism. Inmates must be graduated with the equipment for economic survival and without incentive to harm others, or they will be returned for another term. Eighty percents of inmates at the Framingham reformatory were sentenced for personal or domestic maladjustment, alcoholism, child abuse, adultery, or desertion of home, while the remainder committed more serious offenses, including theft, arson, armed robbery, and murder. The institution is a self-contained community, where hard labor is used to give meaning to time and provide inmates with a sense of responsibility. There is a program of child care and parent education for mothers, with the ultimate goals of keeping families together. The author recognized the worth of instilling self-esteem in offenders, and the use of penalty and incentive in correctional education. 1 reference
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional education programs; Criminology; History of corrections; Massachusetts
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