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NCJ Number: 67948 Find in a Library
Title: PLEASANTON CHILDREN'S CENTER PROGRAM - SECOND YEAR REPORT AND EVALUATION, 1979-1980
Author(s): C MCCALL
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency Research Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: Abelard Foundation
New York, NY 10022
Centerforce
San Quentin, CA 94964
Gerbode Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94103
National Council on Crime and Delinquency Research Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94102
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Rosenberg Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94108
United Methodist Church
New York, NY 10115
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20534
Van Loben Sels Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94104
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PLEASANTON CHILDREN'S CENTER, WITHIN THE FEDERAL PRISON FOR WOMEN AT PLAEASANTON, CALIF., IS DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE BONDS BETWEEN IMPRISONED MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN.
Abstract: CREATED AS A CHILD-ORIENTED ENVIRONMENT, THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE MOTHERCHILD RELATIONSHIP BY PROVIDING A RELAXED PLAY SETTING, PROVIDING TRAINING IN PARENTING AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, AND FACILITATING THE SOCIAL SERVICES THEY NEED. THE PROGRAM RELIES ON BOTH INMATE AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. DURING 1979, 1,064 CHILDREN VISITED THE CENTER DURING WEEKENDS, FOR AN AVERAGE OF OVER 20 CHILDREN PER WEEKEND. INMATE INVOLVEMENT IN ALL ASPECTS OF PLANNING AND SERVICE DELIVERY INCREASED DRAMATICALLY. RECENTLY, INMATES COORDINATED A CONFERENCE WITH THE BUREAU OF PRISONS AND ASSISTED IN THE PRODUCTION OF TWO VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT THE PROJECT. THE CENTER PLANS TO BEGIN A PROGRAM TO CREDENTIAL WOMEN AS TEACHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN AS PART OF THE PRISON'S VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR INMATES. EVALUATION FINDINGS ARE BASED ON SURVEYS ADMINISTERED TO THE ENTIRE INMATE POPULATION AND TO THOSE PRISON STAFF WHO HAVE MAJOR CONTACT WITH INMATES, AND UPON INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED WITH INMATES, PRISON STAFF, AND GUARDIANS. OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS WERE EMPHASIZED FOR BOTH EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS. THE PROGRAM CURRENTLY HAS VERY STRONG SUPPORT FROM THE WARDEN AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS. ASSESSMENTS INDICATED THROUGH SURVEY INSTRUMENTS WERE GENERALLY POSITIVE. THE INCREASING IMPACT OF THE PROGRAM IS EVIDENCED BY CONTINUED FUNDING AND SUPPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF PRISONS AND BY THE CENTER'S REQUESTED ASSISTANCE IN DEVELOPING SIMILAR PROGRMS AT TWO LOCAL JAILS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND ALAMEDA COUNTIES. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED).
Index Term(s): California; Children of incarcerated offenders; Evaluation; Families of inmates; Female inmates; Inmate Programs; Inmate visits; Program evaluation
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