Category: Re-entry Administrators

  • Adult College Completion Tool Kit
    • This Adult College Completion Tool Kit is designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools resulting from the Department’s work. Use this information to identify and implement state adult education leadership priorities.
  • Building Jobs/Rebuilding Lives: Introduction
    • Research and experience in the field of corrections have shown clearly that there is a relationship between employment of ex-offenders and lower recidivism rates. There can be no question that employment at a living wage has a tremendous positive influence on the future course of ex-offenders' lives and on society in general.
  • Building Jobs/Rebuilding Lives: Summary
    • It is obvious that providing ex-offenders with living-wage employment can be an important tool in helping them build new lives. This, in turn, is a major factor in breaking the cycle of events that leads to recidivism. Although ex-offenders face many barriers in finding meaningful employment, there are ways to go about reducing these barriers, and increasing their employment opportunities.
  • Education as a Crime Control
    • Budgets need to be cut. But states have a responsibility to protect public safety by controlling crime. How can states prevent crime with limited resources and save money in the long run? We will investigate the possibility that prison education programs are the answer.
  • Education Reduces Crime
    • With the increased numbers of inmates crowding our jails and prisons, it is imperative for the public to reconsider the traditional view of the purpose of incarceration. We must consider recent research findings that show many prisoners can be rehabilitated, through education and training, and eventually contribute constructively to society upon reentry.
  • Employing Ex-Offenders
    • Work opportunities provide hope and a chance for achieving success to newly released Federal ex-offenders. Employers are encouraged to participate in creating opportunities to help individuals become law-abiding, productive citizens.
  • Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning
    • A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. From the U.S. Department of Education. Revised September 2010.
  • Female Offender Programs
    • The BOP provides female offenders with appropriate programs and services to meet their physical, social, and psychological needs.
  • Helping Inmates Return to the Community
    • One of the great challenges for newly released inmates is avoiding a return to drug use and crime. It’s in the best interest of corrections and communities to provide good transition services to help inmates return successfully to their communities.
  • Inmate Mental Health Treatment and Counseling
    • The Bureau provides a full range of mental health treatment through staff psychologists and psychiatrists. The Bureau also provides forensic services to the courts, including a range of evaluative mental health studies outlined in Federal statutes.
  • Inmate Skills
    • Through the Inmate Skills Development (ISD) initiative, the Bureau is focusing on building the kinds of skills essential to successful reintegration into society – ranging from activities of daily living, such as budgeting, to cognitive skills, such as the ability to maintain self-control.
  • Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education
    • Alignment, collaboration, accountability, and innovation are the foundation for the Administration's proposed reforms to strengthen the nation's career and technical education system. This PDF discusses this in depth.
  • Juveniles in the Bureau
    • Congress recognized the special needs of juveniles with the passage of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) in 1974. This act provided federal grants to states and cities seeking to improve their handling and disposition of delinquent and status offenders.
  • Learning Outcomes Associated with Group Assignments
    • A research study was conducted to determine if required participation in group assignments impacted learning outcomes in a nursing theory course. Results demonstrated theory knowledge is not affected by group assignments as long as the course content is consistent, learning outcomes are not affected.
  • Marketing Ex-Offenders
    • Placing ex-offenders in meaningful employment can be thought of as essentially a marketing activity. Just as architects, manufacturers, Realtors, and bankers market their products and services to the home building industry, so too can ex-offenders with their skill and abilities be marked as a "product," that is, as potentially valuable employees.
  • Public Relations & Ex-Offenders
    • Public relations holds a unique position in the marketing approach to creating employment opportunities for ex-offenders. Because of its nature, "PR" can play a major part in almost every aspect of a placement program.
  • Release Preparation
    • The prospect of having to search for meaningful work upon release from prison can be a daunting one. Many inmates acquire valuable work experience and skills through programs like Federal Prison Industries, vocational training opportunities, and/or other occupational education courses offered at Bureau facilities.
  • State of the Bureau Publication 2010
    • This annual publication provides a summary of the year's activities, statistical data, and a facilities directory.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
    • Twenty years ago, the Bureau implemented its current drug abuse treatment strategy. The longest running drug abuse program in Bureau history, the treatment strategy has grown and changed with treatment advances of the times.
  • Take Charge of Your Future
    • This guide is designed for people who are incarcerated and for those on community supervision (probation and parole). It will help you get started—or continue—on the path to further education and training.
  • The Benefits of GED Programs for Correctional Institutions
    • The GED test credential is only one step to former inmates’ success after prison, but it is an important one. Technology makes GED education affordable and effective for adult correctional education.
  • Victim/Witness Notification Program
    • The Bureau's Victim/Witness Notification Program ensures that crime victims and witnesses enrolled in the program are notified within specific time frames of an inmate's admission to or release from an institution, and about other events concerning an inmate, such as changes in status or parole hearings.
  • Why Literature in Prison?
    • The study of literature offers many ways to improve literacy: it gives access to language, reading, writing, a shared culture, and one's own self. Still, not recognizing the power it has to change lives, many teachers shy away from using literature to teach offenders.
  • Why Literature? Critical Thinking
    • The world of the incarcerated prisoner tends to be a narrow and self-absorbed one. There is a tendency toward the "woe is me" way of thinking that makes teaching basic skills difficult.
  • Why Literature? The Dramatic Text
    • While literature opens us up to our imaginations and thus to our possibilities, theatre puts imagination into action. Our preoccupations with personal issues diminish as we learn to see the world through someone else's eyes.
  • Why Literature? The Power of Stories
    • Our ideas about literature in prison are based in part on a belief that offenders often commit criminal acts because they operate from a value system that gives priority to emotions and primal instinct rather than to reason and critical thinking. We need to challenge that single-minded value system by using novels and short stories that unfold the complexity and diversity of character.