Library Research—Corrections Systems and Processes

The state legislature has met and decided that the bulk of the budget cuts will come from the criminal justice system. The head of the Department of Corrections in Centervale, Eric Clayton, has asked you to help him prepare a presentation for the state legislature. This has been a tough budget year, and Clayton must be prepared to explain to the legislature how each dollar is spent on prison programs. Clayton has asked you to research the prison programs offered in two other state prison systems so that he can see how Centervale’s programs compare.

You decide that the best approach is to research the prison system in the state where you reside and explore the programs that are offered.


Select two of the programs your state uses and explain them by addressing the following questions for each program:

  • What is the name of the program, and to whom is the program offered?
    • How is the program used?
    • How do inmates enter the program?
    • What is the purpose of the program?
  • Would you recommend this program to Clayton for Centervale? Why or why not?

Submit your report to Clayton in a 2- to 3-page paper. Be sure to cite the sources of your information by stating the URLs from the state web pages or from other sources.

Be sure to build in-text citations for the state web pages and create references for the web pages that link back to your in-text citations.

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