Date Approved

5-8-1995

Embargo Period

9-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Subject(s)

Prisoners--Services for--United States; Prisoners--Vocational guidance--United States; Technical education--United States

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this ex post facto research, a two year follow-up, was to determine the effect of a Career Awareness Program on the recidivism rate of an inmate population. The participants in the study were sixteen male inmates, ages nineteen to forty-six, with less than three months before release who had attended the first Career Awareness class.

Using a cross-sectional design survey, a two-paged selected-response questionnaire was mailed to the subjects. The responses of the respondent group were summarized through descriptive statistics, frequencies and percentages.

After two years, eighty-seven percent of the studied population remained out of jail and were employed full-time. The findings in this study seem to suggest that a Career Awareness Program decreases the recidivism rate in an inmate population. This fact is only partially significant, given the small sample size.

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