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New Careers Development Project: Final Report, 1967

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355 pages
A pilot program to teach offenders to become nonprofessional aides in program development trained 18 male inmates of a California State prison between January 1965 and June 1966.
Three intensive 4-month training programs were conducted at the California Medical Facility, a State prison. The program used self-study approaches both to develop the individuals and to train them for roles in program development in human service agencies as well as programs related to crime and delinquency. Since parole, the trainees have worked in a variety of program development positions: training nonprofessional aides, doing surveys of new career job possibilities, and helping set up new career positions in social agencies. One of the trainees has been returned to prison on a new robbery conviction. A second disappeared 2 months after release from prison but has since come back and been reinstated on parole. A third was returned to prison on a technical parole violation, but rejoined the project after 7 months and is working in the program development field. Two others have had minor law involvements. Of a control group of nine men, two have been returned to prison, one has disappeared, one is serving a 6-month county jail sentence, and one has had a minor law involvement. Figures, tables, footnotes, and appendixes presenting further analyses and a list of 13 publications relating to the project. (Author summary modified)