Reintegrating the Releasee: Project WAR a Year Later

Ira J. Silverman, University of South Florida
William R. Blount, University of South Florida

ABSTRACT
With the massive movement to build more prison cells, little thought is given to the fact that about 40% of the inmates will be released in a given year, with 95% of the offenders eventually released. Little is known about what happens to inmates when they enter the work force with little or no training or skills. However, workforce skills alone will not result in an inmate's successful reintegration into society. What is required is a focus on educating the "whole" person by providing the critical thinking and social processing skills needed for a releasee to successfully function in today's highly competitive society. The focus of this paper is on Project WAR, a collaborative effort between Texas Correctional Industries, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Windham School District. Discussion will focus on the followup of inmates who successfully completed the program during its first year of operation.

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