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    Are there any adult corrections programs that work?

    The title of the blog is important for many reasons. One reason is a positive return on taxpayer investment. We focus on implementing an evidence-based re-entry program that produces desired outcomes however, our title refers to the various types of corrections programs. For example drug courts, boot camps, drug treatment, correctional industries employment programs, and of course re-entry programs and others. It is clear, some of these programs work and some do not. The goal is to take these mixed findings and pour resources into the ones that are proven to reduce recidivism and create a one-stop-shop program.

    Reducing recidivism or rearrest is the goal for many reasons. One approach that needs to be taken to produce positive outcomes with the program participants is to provide Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. I’m not talking about Mental Health treatment such as what is practiced by court personnel, or mental health courts. What I’m talking about is intervening to improve mental health. This type of organized therapy addresses, irrational thoughts, and beliefs that lead to distortions, and anti-social behavior. CBT programs are designed to help offenders correct their thinking and provide opportunities to model and practice problem-solving and pro-social skills.

    Job training and placement and educational programs for incarcerated individuals have also been proven to work. The educational, vocational, and job skills of adult offenders is important for an inmate that will soon be discharged. These programs will begin during the individual’s incarceration and continue post-release or in the community for the formerly incarcerated. It is well-known that employment and educational programs have shown meaningful reductions in recidivism rates. These programs are put into five categories.

    1. In-prison Correctional Industries Program

    Statistically, these types of programs have proven to produce a noteworthy reduction in recidivism rates. 

    1. Basic Adult Education Programs in Prison 

    Providing remedial educational skills to young adults and adult detainees during incarceration has also shown favorable results in reducing recidivism rates.

    1. Employment Training

    We investigated the outcomes of multiple meticulous evaluations of community-based employment training programs for people held in custody and found it plays a statically significant role in reducing recidivism rates and preventing re-arrest and is cost-effective. 

    1. Job Assistance Programs in the Community

    Developing an individual plan for people incarcerated and providing a place for job searches, and job assistance, and helping these young adults and adults execute their plan can produce a modest but statistically significant reduction in recidivism.

    1. Vocational Education Programs in Prison

    Vocational training programs for individuals in corrections generally reduce recidivism and increases an inmate’s chances of securing employment after release. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, inmates who leave prison with vocational degrees have a 43% lower recidivism rate and a 28% higher employment rate.

    The goal is to cater to people in County, State, and Federal correctional facilities by providing health, employability, and educational services to reduce crimes, re-arrest, and promoting successful re-entry initiatives. Producing positive results can improve the quality of life for impoverished communities and save the tax-payer dollars.

    By: Jamar Jackson

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