Georgia Correctional System

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Corrections Systems and Processes This presentation will evaluate and provide information for the Department of Corrections in the state of Georgia. “The Georgia Department of Corrections strives to provide a safer Georgia by effectively managing offenders and providing them with opportunities for positive change. The GDC is one of the best correctional systems in the nation at guarding citizens from harm caused by convicted offenders. They provide adequate opportunities for offenders to reach their goals towards definite growth. The GDC is a leader and partner in making Georgia a safer, healthier, better-educated, growing, and well-managed state. Their responsibilities include ensuring public safety, operating safe and secure facilities,…show more content…
Inmates receive on the job training and have the opportunity to earn technical school certificates while employed on their work assignments. Live work projects provide work experience for inmates in vocational education classes. They have the ability to build, remodel, or repair items owned by state, county, local government, and non-profit agencies. The Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employee Program (TOPPSTEP) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Corrections, the Department of Labor, the Department of Human Resources, and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to provide inmates with the documents needed to obtain employment upon their release. Every Department of labor office has TOPPSTEP counselors who assist offenders in obtaining employment upon release. Job fairs assist inmates who are within three to six months of their release” (Georgia Department, 2012). This is certainly an excellent program to recommend to Clayton. “The likelihood of an offender going back to prison is extremely high if they are unable to find employment within three months of being released. Ex-offenders tend to make good employees because they are truly grateful when they find a business willing to give them another opportunity” (Mitchell, 2012). Although the cost of the program may…show more content…
“This program aims to reduce recidivism and increase pro-social behavior by changing the offenders' thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs through research-based cognitive programming. The Cognitive-Behavioral program is designed to change criminal thinking and behavior. Using this approach holds offenders accountable for their behavior. The interventions are structured and directive, and has demonstrated effectiveness in changing criminal behavior in numerous scientific studies. Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is an objective, systematic treatment system used within the Cognitive-Behavioral program to enhance ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth in a progressive systematic fashion. It can have anywhere from 12 to 16 steps, depending on the treatment population, and is used to change how drug abusers and alcoholics make decisions and judgments by raising moral reasoning. It moves clients from hedonistic reasoning levels to levels where concern for social rules and others becomes important. MRT shows that as clients pass steps, their moral reasoning increases in adult drug and alcohol offenders and juvenile offenders. The primary focus of MRT is to change criminal attitudes, beliefs, values, thinking patterns, and behaviors. MRT has proven to reduce the recidivism rate of offenders from 30% - 50% after 10 years of release. Another program utilized within the

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