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Prison education can play a positive role in challenging offending behavior of prisoners. A drop in recidivism rates can be achieved by education that works toward attitudinal change, according to programs being implemented in the United Kingdom. To ensure that staff in prison education understand the implications of working toward the reduction of offending behavior, they need to be aware of general theories of crime and have an understanding of criminology. Education should provide help for prisoners who have inadequate social skills, provide opportunities for prisoners to develop artistic and other skills to gain self-respect, to help prisoners to acquire family life skills, and to help prisoners to understand the emotions and needs of the opposite sex. In order to meet these needs, the correctional education system will have to work toward a more balanced system, stressing both academic content and attitudinal change. Moral education needs to be stressed, as well as thinking and problem-solving skills. In the future, educational programs in prisons should have three distinctive features: basic education, vocational education, and cognitive skills development. New or revamped programs should be evaluated, using such criteria as thoroughness and intensity, research base, well-trained staff, inmates selected according to risk potential, relevance to the outside world, and multifaceted approach. (Contains 11 references.) (KC)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Continuing Education, Correctional Education, Correctional Rehabilitation, Criminals, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Moral Development, Prisoners, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rehabilitation Programs, Vocational Education

Staff College, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (3 British pounds).

Autor: Ripley, Paul


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