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20 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (1993-1994)

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journal of Offender Rehabifitation, VoL 20 (1/2), 1993. Pp 1.20,
© 1993 by The Haworih Press, inc All rights reserved.


[   EDUCATION IN PRISON: VOCATIONAL TRAINING




VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN PRISON: A CASE

          STUDY OF MAXIMUM FEASIBLE

                 MISUNDERSTANDING




                         DELORES CRAIG
                         Wichita State University

                         ROBERT ROGERS
                      Middle Tennessee State University


   ABSTRACT Vocational training programs in prisons have a presumed goal
   of preparing inmates for productive roles in society. Evaluation is typically
   focused on how well inmates develop marketable job skills. Tids paper is an
   exploration of the other benefits which accrue from vocational education,
   and how those benefits can be maximized. It is based upon a case study of
   a barber training program in a medium security state prison in tie South.
   Program results are presented, along with staff and inmate assessments of
   the program. Investigators concluded that program effects were minimal as
   a result of misperceptions of the program.

   Practically all prisons in America have academic and vocational
training programs of one sort or another. This situation arises because
inmates constitute one of the most undereducated and underemployed
groups in the country. Clear & Cole (1990) report that only a little over
a third of all prison inmates have completed high school, and that the
unemployment rate of ex-offenders is more than three times as high as

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