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Changing Prison Culture and The Missing Link to Reentry

Significant advances in reducing recidivism have been made with Second Chances Act and Justice Reinvestment Act funding. The focus inmost of these funded programs has been on pre-incarceration diversion and services and post-release services, which are critically important. These include drug courts, veteran treatment courts, Stepping Up, mental health diversion, Ban the Box, government IDs, reducing technical parole/probation violations, etc.

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The Neuroscience Behind TACT Trainings

The Neuroscience Behind TACT Trainings Download the Article In order to understand the process by which the immersive-experiential methodology impacts attitude, it may be helpful to explain how the brain works [as we understand it today] and how attitudes are...

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Changing Prison Culture; TACT and AVP

The punitive culture in our correctional system has produced expanding budgets and high levels of recidivism –both indications of a failed system. There have been attempts at changing negative prison cultures, but few have succeeded. One training design has proven itself with staff development training as well as inmate rehabilitation; it is the Attitude Transformation Model Training. Research proven, this model has been shown to be effective in a number of prison systems. The rationale for its success and examples of its impact are reviewed in this article.

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The New Generation Staff Development Training for Prisons

The security and safety of any correctional facility is directly and inextricably linked to the health and maturity of its internal working culture. The culture of a facility describes how staff interact with each other, with inmates, with outside people, etc. The more mature the internal culture, the higher the morale, productivity, creativity, teamwork [trust and cooperation], communication and institutional control.

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The New Generation Staff Development Training For Government

Many organizations are realizing the impact their working culture/environment has on safety, costs, productivity, law suites, grievances, and employee satisfaction. The old culture does not work as effectively today because of the political, social and economic changes we have experienced over the past few decades. Even though many organizations are looking to improve their working culture, it is not easy. The Community Building Experiential Staff Development Training Model is designed to help them make those changes.

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Criminogenic Risk Factors and AVP

The Alternatives to Violence Project [AVP] has been very effective at changing attitudes and behaviors, reducing anger, increasing empathy and reducing recidivism. Focusing on this last outcome, reducing recidivism, it is generally accepted that there are nine criminogenic risk factors that are predictors of recidivism. These factors in order of importance are: attitude, peers, personality, employment, family, substance abuse, housing and finance, personal distress and socio-economic status.

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Pennsylvania DOC Parole Outcome Study

The fourth issue of Volume 9 of Research in Review features a summary of the second phase of the Pennsylvania Department of Correction’s (PA DOC) Parole Violator Study. This study was initiated in late 2002 in response to growing numbers of parole violator admissions to the PA DOC. The intent of the study was to determine the factors relating to success or failure on parole and to assemble a broad inventory of the needs of released offenders in order to prioritize departmental resources and develop more effective treatment services.

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