Presentation Title

Rehabilitation in United States Prisons

Faculty Mentor

Tala Khanmalek, Ph.D., Women & Gender Studies Department

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:15 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:30 AM

Location

Markstein 303

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Rehabilitation in United States Prisons

Author: Starlina Sanchez, Cal State University Fullerton

Mentor: Tala Khanmalek, Ph.D., Women & Gender Studies Department, Cal State University Fullerton

The United States prison system is neglecting core needs of individuals who are incarcerated, further isolating them from the general population and strengthening the rates at which they return to prison upon release. This presentation identifies three key areas in which the United States prison system could improve its methods for rehabilitating individuals within the prison system: education, vocational training, and mental health. It will examine either the lack of access to recidivism reducing programs or ineffectiveness of current programs that are implemented, analyzing data and personal narratives of people who are incarcerated. This information was pulled from academic journals, case studies, program websites, and websites of medical professionals. It will also synthesize the economic impact of recidivism as reported by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, displaying the correlation between increased investment into rehabilitation programs and reduced rates of recidivism. Individuals who were formerly incarcerated cannot integrate back into society without implemented resources which validate their aspirations and potential. It must be acknowledged that many of these individuals who are in the prison system have been at a disadvantage for as long as they have been alive; systemic barriers are a part of the formulation. It may be argued that these individuals are being rehabilitated since these programs do exist, however, it does not correspond to the growing numbers of our prison population nor the high rates of recidivism and lack of accessibility at a national level. The effectiveness of educational programs, occupational programs, and mental health is crucial to achieve the purpose of rehabilitation in United States prisons. Rehabilitation is achieved when individuals who are incarcerated have access to acquiring skills which support themselves: financially and emotionally. Without adequate psychological services; job skills; and educational resources, individuals who are incarcerated are prohibited from properly transitioning back into society upon release.

Keywords: rehabilitation, United States prisons, prison system, prison programs, mass incarceration, incarcerated individuals, inmates, recidivism, education, mental health, psychological services, vocational training

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Nov 23rd, 10:15 AM Nov 23rd, 10:30 AM

Rehabilitation in United States Prisons

Markstein 303

Rehabilitation in United States Prisons

Author: Starlina Sanchez, Cal State University Fullerton

Mentor: Tala Khanmalek, Ph.D., Women & Gender Studies Department, Cal State University Fullerton

The United States prison system is neglecting core needs of individuals who are incarcerated, further isolating them from the general population and strengthening the rates at which they return to prison upon release. This presentation identifies three key areas in which the United States prison system could improve its methods for rehabilitating individuals within the prison system: education, vocational training, and mental health. It will examine either the lack of access to recidivism reducing programs or ineffectiveness of current programs that are implemented, analyzing data and personal narratives of people who are incarcerated. This information was pulled from academic journals, case studies, program websites, and websites of medical professionals. It will also synthesize the economic impact of recidivism as reported by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, displaying the correlation between increased investment into rehabilitation programs and reduced rates of recidivism. Individuals who were formerly incarcerated cannot integrate back into society without implemented resources which validate their aspirations and potential. It must be acknowledged that many of these individuals who are in the prison system have been at a disadvantage for as long as they have been alive; systemic barriers are a part of the formulation. It may be argued that these individuals are being rehabilitated since these programs do exist, however, it does not correspond to the growing numbers of our prison population nor the high rates of recidivism and lack of accessibility at a national level. The effectiveness of educational programs, occupational programs, and mental health is crucial to achieve the purpose of rehabilitation in United States prisons. Rehabilitation is achieved when individuals who are incarcerated have access to acquiring skills which support themselves: financially and emotionally. Without adequate psychological services; job skills; and educational resources, individuals who are incarcerated are prohibited from properly transitioning back into society upon release.

Keywords: rehabilitation, United States prisons, prison system, prison programs, mass incarceration, incarcerated individuals, inmates, recidivism, education, mental health, psychological services, vocational training