Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Teaching College Courses in Selected Correctional Facilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Charletta Barringer-Brown

Numerous research studies have focused on recidivism rates ignoring education to inmates as a technique of reducing recidivism. This qualitative study investigates the faculty perception of teaching in selected correctional facilities. A sample of fifty-three faculty members teaching within four selected correctional facilities within a 60 mile radius of the metro Richmond, Virginia area are surveyed on their perception of correctional and prison education. Questionnaires are provided to the faculty for the collection of primary data and the facilitation of an informed analysis on the perspective of the faculty regarding these particular programs in comparison to traditional college programs. Teaching in these correctional facilities brings new challenges to the faculty members, which are also surveyed. Finally, suggestions by the faculty on enhancement of the correctional and prison education programs are considered.

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