ERIC Number: ED203032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Quality Vocational Education in State Prisons. Executive Summary. Final Report.
Rice, Eric; And Others
A study explored the relationship of program components and variables within successful correctional vocational education programs in adult state prisons, and the outcomes of those programs, leading to in-depth descriptions of exemplary programs in the full document on this project (see note). Program success was determined by the following data: post-release employment of at least 60 percent; recidivism rates of less than 30 percent for all program participants; and a rate of 70 percent or better for in-program success of participants. Information was studied on a qualitative basis, using information collected through a case study approach of successful programs in 10 institutions. Successful programs were found to be characterized by 10 critical components/variables that functioned to overcome problems encountered in many vocational programs in corrections: administration, coordination and cooperation, curriculum and instruction, facilities/equipment, funding, placement and followup, planning, policy, staffing, and support services. Four ideas were offered for consideration as elements for a federal policy on correctional education: (1) specification of communication and development of inter-agency agreements between correctional vocational programs and other agencies; (2) funding provisions to provide seed and initial monies to initiate innovative vocational education programs in corrections; (3) encouragement of development of comprehensive educational programs providing an entire range of necessary services; and (4) provisions for a research component. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Employment Statistics, Models, Outcomes of Education, Prisoners, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Recidivism, Success, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: System Sciences, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.; Conserva, Inc., Raleigh, NC.
Note: For related documents see CE 029 057 and ED 194 808.