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Public Health Perspective on Correctional Education

NCJ Number
American Jails Volume: 13 Issue: 4 Dated: September/October 1999 Pages: 9-15
Karen S. Dalton
Date Published
October 1999
5 pages
The San Bernardino, California, Sheriff's Department has taken a public health approach to correctional education, targeting inmates whose profile fits that of high-risk potential recidivists.
The staff of INROADS (Inmate Rehabilitation Through Occupational and Academic Development Systems) has designed education programs that deter incarcerated persons from committing future crimes after release by educating them on the importance of modifying behaviors associated with crime. The INROADS program takes a holistic approach to inmate rehabilitation and is available to male and female inmates who have been sentenced to longer than 60 days and qualify for minimum housing. Classes are structured in tiers with counseling services intermingled, are based on competencies, and are gender-specific. In addition to crisis intervention instruction, academic and vocational education are provided to inmates. Crisis intervention and academic classes focus on the cognition, teaching, and learning of inmates. Vocational programs train inmates to meet the demands of specific occupations. The INROADS program is based on the premise that coupling incarceration with rehabilitation produces better outcomes than incarceration alone.