Conflict Management in Prisons: An Educator's Perspective

Gathright, Gregory
December 1999
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec1999, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p142
Academic Journal
Conflict management strategies are a part of the correctional educator's arsenal to assist inmate students deal positively with conflicts. Offenders lack the social tools to deal positively with conflicts. Issues of low self-esteem, academic failure, anger control problems and substance abuse almost certainly doom the offender to return to the prisons which they so desperately wish to avoid. The DETOUR and Turning Point programs of the Windham School District of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are dealing with recidivism issues by programming directed toward restructuring offenders' criminal thinking errors. Offenders completing just a three week cognitive assessment module were given a pre/post assessment indicating their likelihood of reoffending was lowered to the level of non-offenders. Unit administrators report a lower incidence of disciplinary cases, not only for program completors, but those in which they come into contact with as they practice the techniques learned in the class.


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