ERIC Number: ED430146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Delaware Department of Correction Life Skills Program. Program Focus.
Since 1993, the Delaware Department of Correction has offered a Life Skills Program in its four state prisons. Each year, as many as 300 inmates (of the 5,000 housed inmates) enroll in the program, and nearly 85 percent of them graduate. The 4-month program has three major components: academics, violence reduction, and applied life skills. The core of the program is Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), a systematic process of raising the moral reasoning level of students through a series of moral and cognitive stages. Students read "How to Escape Your Prison," a workbook developed especially for inmates that includes group exercises designed to achieve this goal. Research in other prisons suggests that MRT may be effective in reducing recidivism. An independent evaluation of the Delaware Life Skills Program found that, for the first program cycle, 19 percent of Life Skills students in the prisons reoffended within 1 year after release, compared with 27 percent of a group of inmates who did not participate. Although the small numbers of offenders studied render the data not statistically significant, it is hoped that, as increasing numbers of graduates are released from prison, ongoing data collection will allow more definitive analysis and show the benefits of the Life Skills Program. (Contains 14 references and 9 resources.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Correctional Education.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware