Capstone Project for CIED 5370 for Eberhardt Frederick Eberhardt CIED 5370
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EDUCATION AND THE RETENTION OF FORMERLY INCARCERATED INVIDUALS How to use education to improve the lives of those formerly incarcerated. Vocational education is best. Some government grants go for college also. This can help ease financial trauma.
Abstract ABSTRACT The idea of extending vocational education programs: such as; associate degrees to those who have been formerly incarcerated requires careful statistical analysis. For many years, Re-integration has been difficult for certain populations affected by incarceration. Families of those incarcerated often suffer financially, medically, and socially. The loss of compensation and the damage to one’s career is significant for a one or two breadwinner income. Often, people lose insurance and get fired after incarceration. This goes on one’s record and is an impediment to future employment. Criminal background checks complicate the process further as employers scrutinize the files and often do not hire individuals on this basis. Those individuals that are fortunate enough to get hired after incarceration often are only able to make minimum wage in food service or charity good will jobs.
BackgroundVocational training is central to success inretention programs and in society. After beingbehind bars for so many years, it is difficult forpeople to become re-integrated. So, after allthese years they return to normal life changedand must be re-integrated with families and lifecircumstances. Along with this goes the need tobelong and be gainfully employed. Afterreceiving care and direction in prison, peoplemust guide themselves. They must fit in withsociety and follow its rules. They must self-regulate and find employment. They must findhousing. Without access to credit and anemployment record it will be difficult to find jobsand pay bills.Crime can be alleviated with programs thatemploy people for volunteering in federalprograms and they also learn job skills. They areat a severe disadvantage to other job seekers.High rates of unemployment are rampant. Andthey need to work together and as a team atwork and school to make things work better. So,the study is about trying to figure out ways to re-integrate the recently incarcerated into schooland the general workforce.
DEFINITION OF TERMS RETENTION-Being able to stay in society, live, work, pay expenses and get along with others and housemates. RECIBIDIVISM-Being unable to cope with living in society, committing crimes and going back to prison. GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT-Full-time lifelong employment with a career focus, specialization and work experience. Vocational education-Career-based and focused education, with practical outcomes and benchmarks in sight. CAREER EDUCATION—with a specific career goal in mind, not theoretical. COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION—two year degree. LIMITATIONS-Not serious offenders ages, 25-49. DELIMITATIONS- Not general population at - large. ASSUMPTIONS- Not serious offenders. TRUTHFULNESS AND ETHICS- Good risks for employment.
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM The centerpiece of the study is the necessity to address issues of access to literacy, education, Social Service and job training for those recently released from prison. They need a network of resources to be productive and to learn and grow in their chosen profession. It is not enough to release them; the resources have to be in place to keep them from having to return to jail.
HYPOTHESIS Support groups for every kind of addiction exist. Former offenders need to be able to access these resources in order to flourish in society. Theoretically, when someone embezzles, they cannot handles money anymore. Or, someone who is a pedophile would not be allowed to work with kids. But, there are so many people who want work today, that arguably people would not hire someone with a criminal record. Even after having it expunged, there are still instances where a criminal background check would not uncover it. So, the theory of diverting workers into areas where they would be safer for the company probably doesn’t work because all it does eventually is hinder your chances for advancement and make sure that you stay entry level or reduce chances to earn benefits. However, there are government programs being developed with the increasing level of offenders returning to work, that are gaining popularity and are becoming successful at life skills and other skills that they need to be retained in society.
Assumptions All the people in the study were previously incarcerated. They are ages 18-46. They are men and women, all races and all in vocational education programs. A few are studying for college degrees.
Limitations The weakness of the study is that there are people in the ages between 18-46. No one is surveying juveniles or geriatric populations in this study. It is limited to those who are capable of gainful employment.
Delimitations Those people included in the study were misdemeanor crimes only and light criminal behavior. Mainly white collar crimes. Nothing with felonies or murders. Something perhaps drug related would be okay for the purpose of the study.