ERIC Number: ED114665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May-30
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics and Needs of Veteran-Inmates in Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions.
Kehrer, Darryl; Mittra, Sitansu
In 1974, Pennsylvania began data collection on veteran-inmates of its eight correctional institutions to assist them in taking advantage of veterans' educational benefits. A detailed interagency chronology of the efforts of the State Education, Correction, and Military Affairs Departments and the Veterans Administration is contained in the report. Of a total of 6,039 inmates, 1,521 veterans were identified. A stratified random sampling was made to estimate percentage of bad conduct, dishonorable, and undesirable discharges; percentage with Army service; average duration of active duty; average minimum sentence length; average educational grade level; percentage of blacks; number of prior offenses; and offense types. A 100 percent sampling indicated military service by war era and eligibility/noneligibility for GI educational benefits. The average age for veterans was 33.6 years with a 10th-11th grade level of education; total inmate population age was 27 years with a fifth grade educational level. Approximately 54.4 percent veteran-inmates attended small group benefits briefings. The most prevalent request for assistance was institutional skill training/education. Intensive followup is planned in order to significantly increase veterans' participation in educational programs. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Justice, Harrisburg. Bureau of Correction.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania