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NCJ Number: 230217 Find in a Library
Title: Inmate Programs: Tool for Managing Behavior
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:71  Issue:6  Dated:December 2009  Pages:100-101
Author(s): Robbye Braxton-Mintz
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 2
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article focuses on the implementation of one of the six key elements in the effective management of inmate behavior as identified by the Jails Division of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), i.e., "Keeping inmates productively occupied."
Abstract: Keeping inmates productively occupied provides a strong incentive for them to maintain positive behavior. It also provides the context for jail staff to reward positive behavior and enforce consequences for negative behavior as inmates manifest various types of behaviors in the course of performing different tasks. Effective inmate behavior management calls for inmate programming that can benefit both the jail and the inmates. This occurs as programming offers inmates something constructive to do or learn. Activities in the jail can also offer opportunities for inmate self-improvement that will translate into more productive behaviors in the community after release. In addition, productive programs for inmates can contribute to safer work environments for staff, as inmates are diverted from misconduct and a focus on expressing negative attitudes. Overall, providing structured activities for inmates provides constructive avenues for inmates to express their emotions, relieve stress, and interact with staff to receive answers to questions and express concerns. Programs that are particularly helpful for inmates provide knowledge and skills to address inmates' personal needs. Reintegration programs prepare inmates for a return to the community. In fiscal year 2010, NIC will publish "Programs and Activities: Tools for Managing Inmate Behavior," a practical resource on keeping inmates productively occupied.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Inmate attitudes; Inmate Programs; Inmate staff relations; Prison management
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