ERIC Number: ED372230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Technology Education & the Felon (Teaching High School behind Prison Walls).
Hall, Robert A.
A 1-year voluntary program in technology education has been offered for 4 years at the New Hampshire State Prison. To date, the inmates who have completed the program and been retested on the Test of Adult Basic Education have improved their initial scores as much as four grade levels. An associated drop in disciplinary problems in some inmates over the year in the program has been witnessed. One reason for the improvement may have been a change in self-esteem and in attitude toward education and achievement. Through the program, the inmate is provided with an introduction to technology systems and a survey of the tools, materials, and processes used by the systems. No assessment process is currently being routinely conducted on inmates after they finish any course of study in many institutions. A few studies since 1976 have dealt with the issues of vocational training and how positive terminations from a program can have an effect on recidivism rates. Studies have shown the value of vocational training in reducing recidivism by producing inmates with marketable skills who can find employment. Programs like technology education give inmates a clear understanding of the careers and opportunities open to them in the technical job market, and they can make informed decisions about their future. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire