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NCJ Number: NCJ 208397     Find in a Library
Title: Educated Prisoners are Less Likely to Return to Prison
Author(s): James S. Vacca
  Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:55  Issue:4  Dated:December 2004  Pages:297 to 305
Date Published: 12/2004
Page Count: 9
  Annotation: This article reviews the benefits of appropriate inmate education.
Abstract: Inmates who attend educational programs while they are incarcerated have been shown to have lower recidivism rates than inmates who receive no educational programming. The type of educational programming is crucial to its success; those focusing on social skills, artistic development, and emotional management have been shown to be successful in promoting a positive prison environment and lowering levels of inmate violence. Effective Education Programs, as they are called, also emphasize academic, vocational, and social education in order to improve the employment opportunities for inmates upon their release. The success of educational programming for inmates, however, hinges on the quality of teaching staff, resources for staff and supplies, and overall correctional facility environment. A plethora of recent research indicates that most inmates are males with little or no education or employable skills. As such, effective educational programming must be designed to cater to different learning styles, cultural backgrounds, and learning needs. Additionally, educational programming should go beyond a focus on academic and vocational training to also teach the skills necessary for a successful transition back to the community upon release. Such a focus would not only engender greater inmate interest and participation, but would also help in the inmate rehabilitation process. Figure, references
Main Term(s): Inmate Education Assistance Programs
Index Term(s): Educational benefits ; Correctional education programs
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Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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