ERIC Number: ED156902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Prison Industries and Recommendations for Change. Study of the Economic and Rehabilitative Aspects of Prison Industry.
National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
This volume presents a study undertaken in Connecticut to identify short-term and long-term strategies for changing prison industries into self-supporting labor systems while simultaneously promoting the rehabilitation of prison inmates. Individual tasks performed as part of the study include a job market survey, an inmate manpower survey, and a product/service sales analysis. Product and labor supply and demand, correctional policies, and legal constraints are discussed. A new concept in prison industries, the Free Venture Model, is proposed, which would (1) create a realistic work environment for inmates; (2) provide partial reimbursement to the state for costs of custody; (3) allow for restitution payments to victims; (4) gradually prepare inmates for release into the community; (5) give prison industry financial incentives for successful reintegration of offenders into the community; and (6) create self-supporting or even profit-making business operations. The relationship between the Free Venture program and other components of the correctional institution is described, and an implementation strategy is proposed. Opportunities for short-term changes, such as establishing a number of Free Venture Industry shops and developing a marketing program, are discussed. Recommendations are then offered for long-term changes, involving such items as program growth decisions and legislative changes. (Author/ELG)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Cost Effectiveness, Demonstration Programs, Economic Research, Industrial Training, Industry, Job Skills, Labor Utilization, Models, Prisoners, Rehabilitation Programs, State Legislation, State Programs, Trade and Industrial Education, Training Objectives, Wages, Work Environment
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock Number 027-000-00690-6)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Note: A few of the pages may not reproduce well because of faint, broken type ; Project was done under LEAA contract to Econ Inc.