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Career Readiness Programs for Correctional Institutions

David M. Downing, Thomas R. Stitt and Michael C. Murray
Journal of Correctional Education (1974-)
Vol. 38, No. 1 (March, 1987), pp. 22-24
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23291881
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Career Readiness Programs for Correctional Institutions
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Abstract

To reduce the current recidivism rate of 28.4% for the United States prison population of 450,000, the implementation of a relevant, comprehensive vocational and career readiness program is necessary. Career readiness programs provide inmates with current job-securing skills. Researchers have found that businesses recommend such programs, and inmates who participate in them obtain jobs more quickly and maintain jobs more securely than non-participants. Components of the career readiness package address areas related to social skills, job acquisition skills, work performance skills, and basic day-to-day "survival" skills. Redirected and revised curriculum for vocational training programs may be the answer to recidivism reduction and society's economic concerns regarding Correctional Institutions in the United States.

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