ERIC Number: ED123357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-15
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Preparation in U.S. Correctional Institutions: A 1974 Survey. Final Report.
Levy, Girard W.; And Others
A survey involving all United States correctional institutions for male or female, adult or juvenile offenders was conducted to study three potential vocational preparation activities within the institutions: (1) formal vocational training programs, (2) training in prison industries, and (3) training in maintenance and service assignments. Specific information was sought on training goals, programs, practices, numbers participating, staff, and supportive services. Information was obtained from approximately 70% of all institutions through mail survey questionnaires and site-visit interviews with inmates about to be released or paroled. Results indicated that vocational preparation in correctional institutes is generally inadequate; type and size of institution, length of stay of residents, age and sex of residents, distance from a city, racial composition, and security level made little difference on most variables studied. Findings include: only 57% of vocational training programs have outside accreditation; only 32% have adequate facilities; only 50% of program directors considered job skill development as the major program goal; and only 21% provided off-the-job related instruction. Research approach, results, and recommendations are discussed. Survey and interview instruments are appended. It is stated that with a new committeeman and resources, the potential for conducting programs within the institutions is great. (LH)
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Educational Programs, Institutionalized Persons, Job Training, National Surveys, Prisoners, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Tables (Data), Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (No price given)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH. Center for Improved Education.