Prisons have long since been used as a form of punishment for criminals in our society. General information about prisons, their purpose, and statistics are available. There has been an increase in discussion as to whether prison is an efficient place for rehabilitating criminals. Earlier in the year, my thesis was written on what types of rehabilitation programs are most effective in helping inmates become more productive members of society, which is where the interest in my current internship came about.
I am currently interning at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, where I work with the psychologists and counselors in dealing with inmates. A number of different rehabilitation possibilities and treatment programs that work to decrease recidivism are discussed, including financial, education/employment, emotional/personal, alcohol/drugs, and family/marital. Some general information is given related to the programs and their effectiveness.
There is also general information about my internship, and the procedures that I do on a day-to-day basis, while working with inmates. My first-hand experience of prisons and the way they operate will hopefully lead to a better understanding of prisons in general.
Jennifer Hagewood, ’02 Clarinda, IA
Majors: Psychology and Criminal Justice
Sponsor: Kristin Vespia