ERIC Number: ED120397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Dialogue Between Steilacoom and McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary--Neighbors for 100 Years: Final Evaluation Report.
Steilacoom Prisoners' Support House, WA.
The report evaluates a project to stimulate dialog between staff and inmates of a Federal penitentiary and members of a nearby community. The purpose was to bring prison and community people together to begin discussion of crime, punishment, rehabilitation, and recidivism in an atmosphere of informed, reflective thought. Nearly 500 people participated in four three-hour sessions, which included a general presentation, a question and answer period, and small-group discussions. The evaluation procedure used is known as the "Zeitgeist" technique; the best ideas heard at each session were noted on cards by participants, anonymously, along with demographic data. This information was summarized and distributed at each successive meeting. The first part of the document reports on quantitative measures and includes a narrative of events, statistical data, and an assessment of the project's impact on people and the community. The second part reports on quantitative measures and includes a discussion of the involvement of professional humanists in the project and an assessment of the extent to which the project objectives were achieved. Deemed generally successful, the project suffered from ambiguity toward action as a project objective. Among the appendixes are the Zeitgeist summaries and a speech by the penitentiary warden. (AJ)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Community Relations, Community Support, Conference Reports, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Crime, Discussion, Human Relations Programs, Humanism, Intergroup Education, Prisoners, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Punishment, Recidivism
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for the Humanities, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Steilacoom Prisoners' Support House, WA.
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