ERIC Number: ED163890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Inmate Informational Needs Survey. Final Report.
A survey was conducted to identify the information needs of a five percent sample of men and women incarcerated in seven Maryland State Correctional Facilities for use in planning relevant library services to this population. Findings indicated a lack of basic information concerning rules for correct institutional behavior, with one third of the sample indicating that materials on rules were outdated, unintelligible, and inapplicable. While almost all inmates knew of the library, classes, classification counselors, and social workers, many found it difficult to communicate with staff regarding these information sources, and tremendous delays were reported on information requests and institutional feedback. Such delays led to more confusion, and less confidence, in staff and officials. Although access to libraries and classes is greater than to counselors and social workers, the former were criticized for not fulfilling information needs: the library lacked updated legal materials, law books, and academic reference materials. A strong desire was expressed for information concerning family services, including better communication linkages with families, information on available family service supports, and arranging for these services, as well as information, skills, and assistance with vocational planning and training. The questionnaire utilized for the survey and a tabulation of the responses are appended. (Author/MBR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Library Development and Services.
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Baltimore.