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NCJ Number: 98982 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Education in Prison and the Black Inmate (From Criminal Justice System and Blacks, P 307-314, 1984, Daniel Georges-Abeyie, ed. - See NCJ-98968)
Author(s): A Black
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Clark Boardman Company, Ltd
New York, NY 10014
Sale Source: Clark Boardman Company, Ltd
435 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The prison education system in Illinois is described within the context of the educational characteristics and needs of a predominantly black and poor prison population.
Abstract: Because there is a disproportionate representation of poverty level inmates with poor educational backgrounds, poverty level inmates with poor educational backgrounds, prisons have a great opportunity to have a significant rehabilitational impact. In Illinois, the prison education system mirrors the public system. Administrators at each site serve as salesmen for education. Staff includes vocational and academic teachers, counselors, and contractual educators offering college level coursework. In Illinois, the assignment committee assigns inmates to programs; the adjustment committee determines program opportunities and can provide awards to inmates for success in programs. The racial and educational composition of these committees can be essential to the educational program's content and rehabilitative success. Finally, a successful program must emphasize testing and appropriate placement. Once a black inmate experiences success in the program, feelings of pride and self-worth often replace feelings of hostility and inadequacy. Because education in prison does not compete with needs for food, clothing, and shelter, well thought-out programs and responsible administration have the potential to give black inmates a new sense of hope and self-determination. Seven references are included.
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Correctional personnel; Corrections education; Corrections policies; Illinois; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Rehabilitation
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