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NCJ Number: 170835 Find in a Library
Title: Working Model for Inmate Training in Correctional Industries
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:48  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1997)  Pages:166-176
Author(s): T J Mann
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 11
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article traces the process of change within correctional industries that forms the backdrop for the current state of inmate vocational training, and then it describes a training process model developed by PRIDE Enterprises, Florida's correctional industries.
Abstract: Modern correctional industries have emerged as enterprises with two missions: to operate as viable, self-sufficient businesses and to train inmate workers in marketable job skills. To meet these goals, correctional industries must balance their operations, giving equal emphasis to business and social mission objectives. Developed by PRIDE Enterprises, Florida's correctional industries program, the Working Model, is a comprehensive six-phase program. Phase 1, "new-hire orientation," is conducted in a workshop format to introduce newly assigned inmate workers to the industry's entire training program. Phase 2, "training/work," involves a formal program of structured and certified on-the-job training and other related activities designed to teach workers occupational skills as well as the work ethic. Phase 3, "pre-release workshop," assists inmate workers in planning for re-entry into the free community following release. Phase 4, "release to the community," involves immediate and sustained contact between the worker and staff job developer after release, so as to provide job-related guidance to the worker. Phase 5, "job search and placement," is designed to meld existing pre-release and post-release activities into one continuous process that leads to job placement, as well as to offer the participant comprehensive, yet focused, counseling and advice that facilitates initial success in finding employment and a smooth transition from the prison to the community. Phase 6, "continuing support," involves ongoing contact between the staff job developer and the employer to ensure employment retention and the quality of the placement. 20 references
Main Term(s): Correctional industries
Index Term(s): Florida; Inmate vocational training; Models
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