Evaluation of Correctional Education

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Many correctional education programs focus on prisoner’s way of thinking and ability to make decisions. One of the many reasons criminals keep returning to prison is because they are often times released after many years of being incarcerated and have no assistance while returning to society. Correctional education programs are designed to eliminate such way of thinking so prison re-entry rate will drop. Programs such as Preparing Inmates for Re-Entry through Assistance, Training, and Employment Skills (PIRATES) are developed to reduce offenders’ negative career thoughts and teach essential skills in order to return back to society (Musgrove, Derzis, Shippen, & Brigman, 2012). Additionally, such programs are not only beneficial to offender’s mental health, but can also essentially reduce recidivism rate, lower cost associated with offender’s re-entry, support former incarcerated individuals while returning to society, educate inmates so they can get employed after being released, and potentially reduce crime.
While educating criminals, correctional institutions tackle the ways in which inmates think and make decisions. Offender’s negative thoughts often result in the lack of ability to get employed (Musgrove, et al. 2012). Poor choices often times result in criminal activity, and later, incarceration. However, educating prisoners while using self-determination theory, Rehabilitation through The Arts (RTA), PIRATES, and other approaches, improve offender’s ways of thinking. For example, researchers at the Department of Correctional Services conducted a study where they compared a group offenders going through RTA with another group of offenders participating in a general education program. Their results show that offenders who com...

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