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NCJ Number: 171230 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Industries and Public Opinion: A Unique Opportunity to Redefine the Business of Corrections to Our Most Demanding Customer
Journal: Corrections Management Quarterly  Volume:1  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1997)  Pages:36-43
Author(s): E Meese III; K A Rostad
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 8
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews key elements of public opinion regarding corrections and prison industries, outlines the benefits of prison industries important to public opinion, reviews key objections to prison industries and how they can be addressed, and recommends how corrections administrators can take advantage of this opportunity.
Abstract: Business opinions regarding prisons, productive work, and incarceration's job-preparation role, when coupled with strong support for changing the prison system from the ground up, provide a strong basis for developing and promoting an industries program, if the legitimate concerns of business are addressed. The legitimate concerns of business, as represented in Iowa, can be addressed through more effective communication that is responsive and targeted, developed in partnership with business, and that is not distracted by more vocal critics. Business leaders with reasonable concerns about the impact of industries in the marketplace are likely to be favorable toward productive inmate work. Corrections administrators need to address their concerns so that this favorable disposition toward inmate work can be transformed into solid support for correctional industries. Business leaders' underlying support for productive inmate work could provide a new basis for the business community's and the public's view of prisons and corrections. Although productive inmate work may not be the ideal public image of corrections for many corrections professionals, it is better than the current public image of corrections, and it is attainable. 10 references
Main Term(s): Correctional industries
Index Term(s): Inmate vocational training; Iowa; Public Opinion of Corrections
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