ERIC Number: ED455337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Building Bridges to the Economic Mainstream for African American Male Ex-Offenders: A Preliminary Assessment of an Inmate Education Re-Entry Program.
Johnson, James H., Jr.; Farrell, Walter C., Jr.; Braithwaite, Lawrence P.
This paper describes a state-funded inmate education and re-entry program that provides soft skills training for soon-to-be released offenders. The paper presents preliminary evidence regarding the impact of this training on 14 young male participants. Data came from information prepared by inmates throughout the training program and ethnographic field notes from interviews with inmates following successful completion of the program. The paper begins with four hypotheses on "the African American male problem" (spatial isolation, social capital, search and destroy, and cultural capital/employer preference), assessing their implications for designing interventions to facilitate African American male inmates' re-entry into mainstream society. It describes the North Carolina Inmate Education and Re-Entry Program, profiling its participants, describing preliminary program successes, and examining the pro-social actions inmates have taken in working to achieve their goals. All 14 participants expressed willingness to work in legitimate occupations and rebuild and improve their family lives. Two earned work release privileges and are successfully employed, two were released from prison and have jobs, and another runs a legitimate business from prison. (Contains 91 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina