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There are various treatment programs in prisons that I have discovered by contacting several organizations I will described a wide range of programs offered to inmates that help target special needs such as education behavioral change spiritual awareness vocational training parenting classes HIV prevention and drug education I will describe each treatment programs that I have found and discuss the purposes of each program A program called the Volunteer Prison Education Program was launched in July 1997 at the Rikers Island Prison I called and spoke with Joan Bloomgarden who described this program as a quality educational experience to inmates who would otherwise not have access to learning This unique program involves volunteer educators to motivate inmates to help themselves their families and one another to create a learning community within the prison system The purpose of this program is to promote positive behavioral change assist in prevention of crime work cooperatively with prosecutors and to actively involve the families of inmates in crime prevention Courses offered are Child Development Understanding Your Anger Art Education in Prison Toward Enhancing Self-Esteem Conflict Resolution Practical Exploration Basic Understanding of Money Management and Basic Eye Care I contacted The Prison SMART Foundation Incorporated and spoke with Thomas Duffy who was able to provide me information regarding their unique stress management and rehabilitative training program delivered to hardened criminals in US prisons The purpose of this program is to teach the proper breathing techniques to help inmates reduce and manage their stress levels in order to help them think more clearly and to help them think about their actions Taught by Prison SMART Foundation volunteers this 6 to 10 day program utilizes advanced yoga breathing exercises and is based on the dynamic cleansing effects of the breath on the body and mind As a result they enjoy increased self-esteem and self-empowerment Thousands who have completed the Prison SMART Foundations stress management programs are living proof
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