What factors should be considered in determining the number of instructors hired to staff the education program? Should there be any restrictions in terms of inmate eligibility?
There are four steps in determining the number of instructors; first, a curriculum must be designed and the time of length necessary to complete that curriculum must be defined. Second, the target population must be from among those convicts that will be incarcerated long enough to benefit from the program. Third, a vetting system must be designed to determine the number of prisoners that want a GED for the actual benefit of having one; Manger, Eikeland, & Asbjørnsen note that in the prison context, some convicts (especially the educationally disadvantaged convicts that would benefit the most) “were motivated more by attempts to escape from prison routines, rather than desire for education itself” (2013, pp. 246,247). It is a waste of time and resources to attempt to educate people that aren't motivated to learn. Finally, a staff to student ratio must be determined. One consideration to keep in mind is that underestimating the ratio is preferable to overestimating the ratio, in that criminal justice resources are limited.
What are the important procedures to be considered for the policy on inmate death notification? Why? Are there any procedures you believe have been omitted in the policy above? Are there other critical elements that should be included in the procedures above?
Lloyd discusses the creation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2000, and that the sponsors of tht bill considered reporting procedures as important due to issues of accountability and transparency (2012, p.310). Notifying the public, the family, and the Department of Corrections all meet those concerns, However, one procedure that should be included as policy is the conduct of an autopsy and the reporting of it's results to the same three entities as soon as possible. This action completes the demands of accountability and transparency. Finally, the body should be released to the family as soon as the autopsy is completed and this should be logged up to and including a release form on the body.
Lloyd, M. (2012). Dormant data: Why and how to make good use of deaths in custody reporting. American Journal of Criminal Law, 39(2), 301-325. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1018428360?accountid=87314
Welsh and Harris distill the planning process into it's simplest expression; “in general, in designing a program we must answer the following questions as specifically as possible: Who does what to whom, where, in what order, how much, and how often?” (2012, p.105)
Job Description 1
Assist individuals in a correctional environment to take the GED examination.
Prepare incarcerated inmates to pass a GED examination. Must have a Master's degree.
Successfully teach correctional inmates in five subject areas covered by the GED examination—Writing, Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies. Must possess a state Teaching Certificate, preferably in Adult Education, in order to qualify for the position.