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July 31, 2008

Arizona Finds Success with Innovative Prison Program

This article from the Christian Science Monitor discusses the "Get Ready" program being used in Arizona's prison system.  The program seeks to prepare inmates for reentry into society beginning at the very outset of their incarceration by assessing their work and education needs and developing an individualized corrections plan within one week of entry into prison. Inmates receive additional privileges as they complete goals outlined in their assessment.  Education, workshops, and treatment programs are made available to inmates as part of the program.  The "Get Ready" program, which Arizona officials cite as significant reason for decreased violence inside state prisons, is a finalist for a Harvard Kennedy School innovations award.

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This sounds good--let's hope they are tough with the privileges for goals exchange

Posted by: federalist | Aug 2, 2008 1:09:15 PM

I'm not sure who you are trying to impress but I find this very amusing. I am the father of an inmate who has been incarcerated for over 10 years. My experience with the DOC is that they could care less and do everything within their power to make success as difficut as possible. If not for the support of the family I have not witnessed any support from the DOC. The only thing the "Get Ready" program is working towards is getting ready for the inmates to return. I paid for the cost of books and the cost of a welding class. Months later no equipment to use for the class and no certificate of achievemnt was issued. Sorry not my problem. "Get Ready" My advice is not to believe in what you read but get involved with your loved one and work with them on providing hope and security for their re-entry. My son has been in a minimum yard for over 3 years and nothing has changed. As far as the decrease in violence, the state is doing a better job of using in-voluntary protective custody then in establishing an environment to reduce violence. My son was given the opportunity to experience protective custody for 5 months due to a threat on his life at a minimum "Get Ready" facility. Great idea and concept however reality is the state and the DOC could care less.

Posted by: Rick | Aug 17, 2008 6:09:49 PM

I believe that the program would have been a better idea if it did things outside of the prison walls. Its ok to give them interveiwing skill however, if they have no licenses or transportation how will they even make it to the job interveiw. Also, there is nothing that Get Ready does for the family. When a person is gone from the family for that long it is a transition for the inmate as well as for the family. Its a good start but I dont think that it was thought all the way through. I can't wait for the day that I walk across the stage, and have the ablity to make my own prison program that will not only help them when they are locked up but also help them when they are released.

Posted by: Shantell Brown | Apr 23, 2010 6:32:03 PM

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