A look at the impact of educational programs in reducing recidivism rates in correctional facilities, based on the study "The Impact of Career and Technical Education Programs on Adult Offenders: Learning Behind Bars" by Gordon and Weldon.
# 145293 | 1,141 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 |
Published on Nov 01, 2010 in Education (Adult Education) , Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)
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The paper focuses on the article by Howard Gordon and Bracie Weldon, "The Impact of Career and Technical Education Programs on Adult Offenders: Learning Behind Bars," that discusses the important role of educational programs in controlling and reducing recidivism rates. The paper concurs with this research but points out that it does not have a comprehensive method of assessing the impact of correctional education. The paper asserts that a new and comprehensive model is required for a more accurate evaluation of the educational programs and their positive effects. The paper concludes that there is an urgent need to make policy changes, commit more funds, and to show more effort and interest into the cause of converting our prisons from just being 'punishment centers' to 'rehabiliatory centers'.
From the Paper:"Crime rates have increased over the last few decades leading to increasing number of arrests and incarcerations. As per the Council of Europe study conducted in 2001 the US stands out for the most number of prisoners per 100,000 population compared with many other nations. Overcrowding is a fact in many of the US prisons leading to violent behavior and severe prison management problems. As per the 2002 data released by the Bureau of Justice, recidivism rates continue to increase over the last two decades standing at an alarming 67.5%. [Released and Restored] These statistics project a grim picture of our correctional facilities and the need for a more proactive and effective approach towards crime control and correctional facilities. With thousands of dollars of exchequer's money being spent just for housing a prisoner every year it is high time we take a more involved and interested approach to managing our prisoners. Controlling recidivism rates is a high priority for any correctional facility and this article by Howard Gordon and Bracie Weldon discusses the important role of educational programs in controlling and reducing recidivism rates."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Released and Restored, 'Released and Restored: Statistics', Accessed Dec 14th Available at, http://releasedandrestored.org/statistics.html
- Marylin C.Mosses & Cindy J.Smith (June 2007), 'Factories Behind Fences: Do Prison 'Real Work' Programs Work?, NIJ journal No 257
- Nuttall, John et.al (Sep 2003), 'The effect of earning a GED on recidivism rates'Journal of Correctional Education
- Lewis John (Dec 2005), 'Correctional Education: Why it is Only "Promising', Journal of Correctional Education.
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