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NCJ Number: 158126 Find in a Library
Title: Adult Academic and Vocational Correctional Education Programs: A Review of Recent Research
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:22  Issue:1/2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:119-142
Author(s): J Gerber; E J Fritsch
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 24
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article identified research that assessed the effects of adult academic, vocational, and social correctional education programs for men.
Abstract: The study focused on outcome variables including recidivism, pursuit of higher educational goals upon release, employment records, and prison disciplinary problems. The study results suggest that there is a correlation between participation in correctional education and various positive outcomes. Programs that were successful in attaining their stated goals tended to be extensive, to operate separately from the rest of the prison, to provide follow-up to inmates after release, to attract an appropriate audience, and to provide skills relevant to the contemporary job market. The research to date generally supports the hypotheses that participation in prison education programs leads to fewer disciplinary violations during incarceration, reductions in reoffending, enhanced employment opportunities, and increased participation in postrelease education programs. 4 tables, 7 notes, and 72 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Ex-offender employment; Inmate discipline; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Inmate vocational training; Recidivism statistics
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