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NCJ Number: 97391 Find in a Library
Title: Programming for Long-Term Inmates - A New Perspective
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:26  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1984)  Pages:439-457
Author(s): W R T Palmer
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 19
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This paper describes a group program for long-term inmates ('LifeServers') at Warkworth Institution in Ontario.
Abstract: Thirty-one long-term inmates were involved in the program initially and are the primary subject of this report. The group is organized much like a community service club. Over the years, the group has developed a sophisticated view of the emotional pressures and changes experienced by long-term inmates. The group communicates these insights and coping strategies to prison staff and suggests program implications. The group helped case management officers to inmates as having program needs throughout their sentences. The group and the staff began time-framing sentences to help inmates develop goals for their lives while in prison, encouraging purposefulness and hope. A number of LifeServers have developed useful and rewarding prison careers, having worked as peer counselors, psychotechnicians, program coordinators, and tutors. This program-oriented incarceration is apparently more beneficial to young inmates than traditional penitentiary experience. Separate living units and a normalized prison environment appear to benefit long-term inmates. Techniques developed in this program should be further developed and implemented more widely. Two tables and a list of 23 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Effects of imprisonment; Inmate attitudes; Inmate organizations; Life sentences; Long-term imprisonment; Offender participation in rehabilitation goals; Ontario
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