Graduate project

Increasing Educational Access for Inmates Assigned to Remote California Correctional Center Conservation Camps: Development of a Correspondence-Based GED Delivery System

ABSTRACT
 INCREASING EDUCATIONAL ACCESS FOR INMATES ASSIGNED
 TO REMOTE CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER
 CONSERVATION CAMPS; DEVELOPMENT OF A
 CORRESPONDENCE-BASED GED DELIVERY
 SYSTEM
 by
 © Merilea Partch 2010
 Master of Arts in Education
 Educational Leadership and Administration Option
 California State University, Chico
 Summer 2010
 Earning a General Education Development diploma, high school diploma, or
 obtaining vocational training while incarcerated reduces the chance of a parolee returning
 to prison. Education is the key component to reducing recidivism rates. However, the established
 prison culture in California inhibits education instead of promoting it. Changes
 in this culture will have to be addressed if increased access to education of the incarcerated
 is to be realized. Education needs to be valued. Attitudes of the custody staff need to
 reflect the possibility that the incarcerated can be rehabilitated. A cultural change can be
 measured by witnessing increased support for education; one example is that prison programs
 will be administered as intended. Theories of change indicate that this process will
 be long and must be continuous.
 The goal of this project is to improve our democratic society by offering education
 opportunities to all inmates at the California Correctional Center. With a General Education
 Development diploma the incarcerated individual, upon release from prison, will be
 better equipped to participate in society. He will have a better understanding of his society,
 how it works, what is expected of him, and how to participate in a productive manner.

ABSTRACT INCREASING EDUCATIONAL ACCESS FOR INMATES ASSIGNED TO REMOTE CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER CONSERVATION CAMPS; DEVELOPMENT OF A CORRESPONDENCE-BASED GED DELIVERY SYSTEM by © Merilea Partch 2010 Master of Arts in Education Educational Leadership and Administration Option California State University, Chico Summer 2010 Earning a General Education Development diploma, high school diploma, or obtaining vocational training while incarcerated reduces the chance of a parolee returning to prison. Education is the key component to reducing recidivism rates. However, the established prison culture in California inhibits education instead of promoting it. Changes in this culture will have to be addressed if increased access to education of the incarcerated is to be realized. Education needs to be valued. Attitudes of the custody staff need to reflect the possibility that the incarcerated can be rehabilitated. A cultural change can be measured by witnessing increased support for education; one example is that prison programs will be administered as intended. Theories of change indicate that this process will be long and must be continuous. The goal of this project is to improve our democratic society by offering education opportunities to all inmates at the California Correctional Center. With a General Education Development diploma the incarcerated individual, upon release from prison, will be better equipped to participate in society. He will have a better understanding of his society, how it works, what is expected of him, and how to participate in a productive manner.

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