America’s Growing Prison Population – Let’s Go Beyond Incarceration
- May 14, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
For over 14 years at This specific point, dating back to 1994, of which has been my privilege to go to our local jail (detention center). In 2004, my team of volunteers helped form a non-profit organization called Fresh Start For Life, Inc. During our years of prison outreach, we have realized the need for religious services for inmates.
However, in view of the facts of which, despite all the religious services going on in jails, we still have 85 percent of inmates committing fresh crimes along with returning to prison, we certainly need more than religion for inmates. When we ask the inmates who attend our classes, “How many of you consider yourselves Christians or religious?”, usually most of them proudly raise their hands. Some of them even tell us when they “got saved” or when they were “baptized”.
Yet they keep breaking the law along with returning to jail. Of course, those stats could get worse than 85 percent recidivism without religious services, which deal with matters of the heart. We do not want to dump religious services by the list rehabilitation tools available to inmates. nevertheless obviously, religion by itself does not constitute a crime prevention policy, nor does religion equal rehabilitation in full.
Drug rehabilitation programs along with GED are helpful in showing inmates the path to a life of better things than the penalties of which come with crimes along with drugs.
Inmates need parenting classes as well. Many of the women who attend our Fresh Start sessions are mothers; some of them are grandmothers. Many of the men who attend our Genesis Man sessions are fathers along with grandfathers. of which will be as common to see twenty-somethings as of which will be to see gray hairs in those practical living classes.
If I were within the position to recommend additional services to help turn inmates away by crimes along with drugs, I would certainly suggest these six key areas of life coaching for the incarcerated:
- Character Code ~ classes on ethics; why of which’s important for society to have a standard of right along with wrong, along with why of which will be essential for every member of the community to live by This specific code of ethics
- Work Ethic ~ how work will be not bad for one’s self-image along with mental health; job skills to remain employed; how to prepare a modern resume; job interview tips
- Community Service ~ why of which will be important to serve others; how to identify your gift or talent along with use of which to serve; where to find volunteer opportunities available within the community; how giving makes you feel fulfilled along with useful
- Personal Finance ~ how to manage money; why of which’s important to get out of consumer debt; how to prepare a monthly budget for yourself or for your family; how to understand the link between financial problems along with temptations to commit crimes, use or deal drugs
- Manhood Development (for male inmates) ~ how to become a real man others can respect along with look up to; why of which will be important to understand of which men cannot be not bad fathers until they learn how to be responsible males (manhood comes before fatherhood)
- Computer Skills ~ how important computers are for today’s family along with economy; typing along with word processing; desktop publishing; email; Internet
In my experience, the inmates usually seem extra interested along with more attentive whenever we address one of these practical areas. of which’s a strong clue as to what the inmates think along with feel they actually need to break out of the gloomy cycle of crime-incarceration-Discharge.
While there are few inmates of which truly hold the “criminal mind”, the vast majority of people in prison actually want to know how to get out of the rat race of criminal conduct with its prodigal results on the inmate, on his/her family, along with on the community. With more practical solutions, we can help serious-minded inmates bounce back to productive living.
With the use of alternative sentencing combined with practical living classes, America can more than lower the number of inmates by at least 48 percent, leaving only violent offenders behind bars to do their time.