ERIC Number: ED240292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Literacy Training in Penal Institutions.
Gold, Patricia Cohen
Most presently existing literacy training programs for inmates in America's prisons are inadequate. Before program planners and developers can remedy this situation, they must be able to obtain accurate information on the numbers of illiterate inmates and the numbers of inmates currently receiving literacy instruction in America's prisons. The establishment of an information clearinghouse and the development of standard definitions and measures to facilitate the collection and dissemination of such information would be important first steps in the effort to improve literacy instruction for inmates. Included among the many issues that must be addressed by planners of prison literacy programs are the lack of consistent federal and state policies toward rehabilitation; the lack of adequate funds, facilities, and equipment; the lack of trained professionals in the field; and the lack of comprehensive, integrated literacy programs. On the positive side, a number of exemplary prison literacy training programs do exist. Some of the key components of these exemplary programs are development of a coordinated structure; provision of staff training in literacy; utilization of competency-based, integrated curricula; the offering of incentives for inmates; coordination between correctional and community education programs; and increased use of technology. On a daily basis, program developers and implementers must also contend with a number of problems that interfere with their operation, including disregard for the educational needs of inmates, lack of adequate referral and support services, and lack of coordination of penal programs within and among institutions, as well as overcrowded and substandard living conditions. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Coordination, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Data Collection, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Prisoners, Program Design, Program Development, Public Policy, State of the Art Reviews
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Adult Literacy Project
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Literacy Conference (Washington, DC, January 19-20, 1984). For other conference papers, see CE 038 126-139.