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Prison Vocational Education and Policy in the United States

A Critical Perspective on Evidence-Based Reform

  • Andrew J Dick
  • William Rich
  • Tony Waters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Section I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 3-9
    3. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 11-40
  3. The Report & Vignettes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 63-67
    3. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 85-102
    4. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 103-108
    5. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 109-113
    6. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 115-125
    7. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 127-231
    8. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 233-236
    9. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 237-241
    10. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 243-250
    11. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 251-257
    12. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 259-265
    13. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 267-272
    14. Andrew j. Dick, William Rich, Tony Waters
      Pages 273-277
  4. Section III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 307-319

About this book

Introduction

This book explores California’s prison system in the context of vocational education reform. For prisons in the early twenty-first century, ideologies of evidence-based management meant that reform efforts to change the purpose of prisons from punishment to rehabilitation through vocational education required “evidence” to justify policy prescriptions. Yet who determines what constitutes evidence? In political environments, solutions are typically pre-conceived, which means that the nature of the evidence collected is also preconceived. As a result, key assumptions about outcomes are often wished away to show improvement and be accountable. Through a detailed analysis interspersed with stories from the authors’ experiences “behind the wall” among California’s prison population, the authors challenge the nature of evidence-based research as used in the prison environment. In the process they describe the thorny problems facing reformers.

Keywords

Evidence based Criminal Justice Criminology Critical Legal Studies Data based Curriculum Studies Correctional Vocational education Rehabilitation Prison reform

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew J Dick
    • 1
  • William Rich
    • 2
  • Tony Waters
    • 3
  1. 1.California State UniversityChicoUSA
  2. 2.California State University ChicoUSA
  3. 3.Payap University Chiangmai , Thailand and California State University ChicoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56469-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56468-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56469-6
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