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NCJ Number: 78512 Find in a Library
Title: Vocational Education in Ohio Correctional Institutions - A Follow-up Study
Author(s): R E Abram; R Wheatley
Corporate Author: Ohio State University
National Ctr for Research in Vocational Education
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 116
Sponsoring Agency: Eric Document Reproduction Service
Arlington, VA 22210
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210
Sale Source: Eric Document Reproduction Service
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Arlington, VA 22210
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the results of a followup study of released youthful and adult offenders who had vocational training while incarcerated in six Ohio correctional facilities.
Abstract: Structured personal interviews were administered to 185 students by counselors and counselor managers of the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission. Interview sites covered 15 cities and numerous rural towns in Ohio. Findings are reported on students' perceptions of their correctional vocational program, postrelease employment and educational experiences, and general problem areas encountered during the postrelease adjustment period. Major findings indicated that overall student impressions of the quality of correctional vocational training were favorable; unemployment rate for both youths and adults was high; few obtained a job in the same field or in a field highly related to the one for which they were trained; enrollment in an educational institution after release was low; and 'lack of job' and 'lack of money' were the two most frequently cited postrelease problems. Recommendations focus on improving the transition from a correctional facility to employment and education opportunities in the 'free world'. These include strengthening job placement, educational placement, and vocational guidance and counseling services; establishing a career education program; and providing a pre-employment training program to all offenders prior to release or parole. Study instruments are appended. Tabular data are provided. (ERIC abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Ex-offender employment; Follow-up contacts; Ohio; Prerelease programs; Rehabilitation; Vocational training
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