ERIC Number: ED361485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education in Prisons: An Investment for Yesterday's At-Risk Youth. Evaluation Report.
Texas State Council on Vocational Education, Austin.
The provision of secondary vocational education to adult offenders in the Texas state prison system was assessed. Discussions held with inmates established that most adult inmates are former at-risk youths who eventually dropped out of high school and who have low self-esteem and poor morale because of their frustrating educational experiences. The educational needs of the study population were assessed within the framework of existing educational programs within Texas' prison system, access to vocational education in prisons, and coordination of vocational education policy in the state's correctional school districts. Eight recommendations were as follows: (1) develop a comprehensive long-range plan; (2) expand existing lab space; (3) establish regional education centers to serve the prison system; (4) design and implement a follow-up system to track employment and recidivism rates of vocational education certificate holders; (5) develop a more systematic process for placing inmates in vocational education; (6) establish a system for integrating vocational education and prison jobs; (7) allow Foundation School Fund allocations for vocational education for inmates who graduated from high school; and (8) shift authority for exceptions to the one-vocational-course rule to principals and regional supervisors. (Appendixes contain topics for future study, funding categories, estimated costs for a correctional vocational-technical center, and a description of the services offered by the New Vision Chemical Dependency Treatment Facility in Kyle, Texas.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Council on Vocational Education, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas