Imaginative Programming in Probation and Parole

Imaginative Programming in Probation and Parole

Imaginative Programming in Probation and Parole

Imaginative Programming in Probation and Parole

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A Minnesota newspaperman was speaking to a corrections conference about the need for bolder experiments in correctional institutions. It so happened that the country's first two-man space flight had occurred a few days earlier. "The success of the recent space flights," he pointed out, "was due in large part to the thorough training the astronauts had on the ground. Every possible aspect of the space mission was first simulated on the ground to condition the men to what they would encounter and have to accomplish in space.

"In the same way we must learn to simulate community living experience for the persons in our prisons so that they may be conditioned for it instead of against it when they are moved back to the outside. If a man has a drinking problem he should have help in learning to handle it instead of being removed completely from all opportunity to develop his control in a real situation. The prison of tomorrow should have a small laboratory-type 'tavern' for experimental purposes where drinks are available just as they are in the community. If an inmate whose resolve is being tested indulges to excess, this would be clearly evident to his fellow prisoners and the staff; so it can be subject to immediate counseling and other action.

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