by Guest Blogger, Rachel Milano
Prison programs for inmates were put in place in order to rehabilitate and give those who are incarcerated a better chance of successful reentry into society once they are released. They offer our prisoners the necessary education, training and skills that will allow them to make good choices once they leave their prison cells. There are several types of prison programs for inmates. All of these programs aim to address the inmates’ needs.
The main goal of these prison 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. 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.
There are also prison rehabilitation programs for inmates who struggle with drug addiction. These programs help inmates understand the reason behind their substance abuse and the negative behavior. They help inmates change and restructure their way of thinking by offering counseling, support groups, drug therapy and other treatment modalities that are suited for the individual’s needs. Other programs that help deal with substance abuse even offer correspondence courses in the form of workbooks that are available online.
Numerous studies have proven and supported the finding that participation in various prison programs to reduce recidivism has significantly kept these offenders outside the justice system and out of the prison walls. 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.
Rehabilitating 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 prison programs for inmates, we are giving them a second chance to correct their wrongdoings and live better lives that are crime free.