Jail programs serve variety of purposes including rehabilitation, education, reducing recidivism, and reducing jail overcrowding. The first three of those purposes directly benefit the offender, the last one, benefits the correctional institutions. These purposes match the several types of jail programs for inmates, all of which aim to address the inmates’ needs.
Rehabilitative jail programs for inmates help them overcome the handicaps they have that keep bringing them back to jail. These programs help inmates understand the root causes behind their negative behavior. Our lifeskills workbooks, for example, help inmates deal with range from anger management to criminal thinking to overcoming substance abuse and contentious relationships. These programs give those who are incarcerated a better chance of successful functioning in their families and society in general once they are released.
The main goal of these jail programs is to equip the inmates with different skills that are marketable and will help them get a stable job once they are released from prison. They offer our prisoners the necessary education, training and skills that will allow them to make good choices once they leave their prison cells.
Some of the courses include prison education programs that offer academic education for those who want to get their GEDs or pursue college or even postgraduate courses, vocational education where one can learn skills such as carpentry, plumbing, computer programming and repair, painting and many more. Getting higher education while incarcerated or learning a skill gives the inmates more options and better outcomes once they are released back to their communities.
Jail diversion programs are created to help offenders avoid criminal charges and a criminal record. They give the offender an opportunity to avoid prosecution by completing various requirements for the program such as education targeted at preventing future offenses (see above), making amends to the victims, completing community service hours and avoiding situations for a specified period of time that may result to committing a similar offense.
Youth diversion programs have played a vital role in improving outcomes and rehabilitating juvenile offenders. According to research, processing young people though the justice system often does more harm than good. Juvenile justice diversion programs have been proven to be more beneficial.
Numerous studies have proven and supported the finding that participation in various jail programs, including ours, does actually reduce recidivism. With jail overcrowding plaguing many areas, correctional facilities are benefited too as offenders using these kind of programs are successfully kept outside the justice system and out of jail walls.
Rehabilitating and educating our prisoners is society’s responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. After all, they are also human beings. By giving them the choices that are offered through the different programs, we are giving them a second chance to correct their wrongdoings and live better lives that are crime free.