ERIC Number: ED058566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-6
Reference Count: 0
Rehabilitation at the County Jail Level: A Model Program.
Stearns, James D.
The Ingham County, Michigan, Jail Rehabilitation Program is described. Attempting, as it does, to deal constructively with cell- and subsequent street-adjustment, the program is concerned with counseling and rehabilitation, and the provision of a bridge to the community. Efforts have been hindered by the brevity of sentences in a county jail, the fact that many inmates are merely passing through or unsentenced, and certain logistic problems such as state laws and certain practical limitations, which act as deterrents to meaningful involvement in the rehabilitation program. Services provided include diagnostic interviews and staff conferences; a community-based vocational rehabilitation program with counseling; an extensive adult education program which includes college courses, physical education, alcohol education, and training in arts and crafts; job placement and follow-up; an efficiently-run library; psychotherapy and community mental health consultation; a successful volunteer program; and rehabilitation programs for drug and alcohol addicts. Intervention at this early stage is intended to short-circuit both "the revolving door county jail process and the process by which one attains journeyman status in crime." (KS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Note: Paper presented at American Personnel and Guidance Association convention, Atlantic City, N. J., April 4-8, 1971