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NCJ Number: 210712 Find in a Library
Title: Providing Educational Support for Female Ex-Inmates: Project PROVE as a Model for Social Reintegration
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:56  Issue:2  Dated:June 2005  Pages:146-157
Author(s): Patricia Case; David Fasenfest; Rosemary Sarri; Anna Phillips
Date Published: June 2005
Page Count: 12
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the features and presents the evaluation findings for Michigan's Project PROVE (Post Release Opportunities for Vocational Education), which provides support and manages postrelease services for female offenders.
Abstract: PROVE's goal is to provide released women offenders with vocational training and education along with services for obtaining employment after release. PROVE also offers services pertinent to life stabilization; quality of life; and a reduction in factors that contribute to recidivism, such as family concerns, parenting issues, employment discrimination, health issues, and substance use. At the time of its evaluation 3 years after initiation, PROVE had provided women with vocational programs and education, housing services, family services, and substance abuse treatment. Of the 80 intakes at the program's start, 72 completed the orientation programs, 46 completed applications for educational enrollment, and 41 went on to enroll in a vocational or a college program. At the time of the evaluation 19 were still enrolled in school, and 12-14 were exploring school options. The evaluation reviewed data from intake files, and 20 women were selected for in-depth interviews to assess how they fared in the program. The evaluation's goal was to identify any barriers posed by the program, if any, and what individual circumstances might have inhibited successful postrelease outcomes. They were also asked to suggest ways the program might be improved. Although the women's experiences in the programs were generally positive in helping them with vocational training and continuing education, their needs went beyond simply getting into class or receiving help with tuition payments. Most were faced with inadequate housing, family problems, lack of income, and health problems. The women's suggestions for improving the program included transportation services, public education and laws regarding employment discrimination against ex-offenders, and more emotional and transitional support. 19 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Female inmates; Female offenders; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Interagency cooperation; Michigan; Post-release programs; Social reintegration
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