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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
Published by: Correctional Education Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23291881
Page Count: 3
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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.
Journal of Correctional Education (1974-) © 1987 Correctional Education Association