ERIC Number: ED296774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Inmate Education: The Virginia Model.
Gendron, Dennis; Cavan, John
Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) operates the largest inmate education program in Virginia, offering associate degree programs and academic support at three correctional centers and plannning programs at two others. The program at Mecklenburg Correctional Center, which has the reputation for being one of the country's toughest prisons, has been in existence since 1984, employing a principal, five academic teachers, two vocational teachers, a librarian, and a library aide. The program opened never-before-used classrooms in the inmate living areas; instituted vocational and apprenticeship programs; and began a college program in cooperation with SVCC. Since the advent of the program, 208 inmates have earned a high school diploma and in spring 1988, the first student-inmate earned an associate degree. As expected, the primary impact of the college program has been on the student-inmates. Participation in the program bestows status on the student-inmates, provides a positive direction to the lives of those serving lengthy terms, and has resulted in improved inmate behavior. Five elements key to the success of SVCC's program are cooperation with the Department of Correctional Education; an active and sympathetic administration; flexibility in meeting the needs and special restrictions of inmates; screening and orientation of instructors and students alike; and institutional support. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (68th, Las Vegas, NV, April 24-27, 1988).