Rehabilitation of prison in-mates
ONeNess Foundations believe in second chances, with adequate and proper education, when in-mates come out of prison at the completion of their sentence term, they would have learned some gainful skills to put them into productive employment, so they don’t go back into the life of crime. It is important to re-train their thought process and mind set by providing intensive counseling to them by a licensed therapist.
Education and Vocational Training in Prisons Reduces Recidivism, Improves Job Outlook. Prison inmates who receive general education and vocational training are significantly less likely to return to prison after release and are more likely to find employment than peers who do not receive such opportunities, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The findings, from the largest-ever meta-analysis of correctional educational studies, suggest that prison education programs are cost effective, with a $1 investment in prison education reducing incarceration costs by $4 to $5 during the first three years post-release. We found strong evidence that correctional education plays a role in reducing recidivism, said Lois Davies, the project’s lead researcher and a senior policy researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization.
Our findings are clear that providing inmates education programs and vocational training helps keep them from returning to prison and improves their future job prospects. In addition, ex-offenders frequently often lack vocational skills and a steady history of employment. Researchers say the dynamics of prison entry and re-entry to society make it hard for ex-offenders to find work and build an employment history. Researchers also examined the relationship between computer-assisted instruction and academic performance, which is important in prisons because the technology allows self-paced learning that can be delivered at a lower cost than traditional instruction.
The United States, with an incarcerated population of 3.3 million, has the largest prison population of any country in the world. The US spends approximately $52 billion on corrections each year, with the cost of providing a college education to an incarcerated student at $2,000 to $3,782 compared to $32,000 to $40,000 per year to incarcerate the same individual. Each dollar spent on funding prison education programs reduces incarceration costs by $4 to $5 during the first three years after an individual is released, the period when those leaving prison are most likely to return. An American study found “One million dollars spent on correctional education prevents about 600 crimes, while that same money invested in incarceration prevents 350 crimes. Correctional education is almost twice as cost-effective as a crime control policy”.
The vocational education courses
- Computer Skills Training
- Auto Mechanics
- Building Maintenance
- Electrical Works
- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
- Barbing Salon/Beauty Salon
- Fashion Design and Tailoring
- Janitorial Services
- Mill & Cabinetry
- Office Services