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Preventing Recidivism in Prisons

You are a prison warden in one of the federal prisons that does not allow conjugal visits for prisoners. You believe that prison-based programs such as conjugal and familial visitations are effective in reducing recidivism.

What five pieces of evidence would you need to gather support for the implementation of these programs in your prison? Why? Explain what possible opposition could you face, and whether these programs are free of disadvantages.

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I would need to do the following to ensure an effective implementation of such a program;

1. Investigate the effectiveness of such visits in similar prisons (i.e. all-male/predominantly female etc.); to do this one would need to gather qualitative studies about how inmates at such prisons felt during the visits, and how these visits related to the inmates' attitude when in prison towards progress away from crime (psychologist conversation, etc.).

2. Know the difference between the effect of conjugal and familial visitations; did one benefit the inmate more than the other? Often it is the inmates' families who help with bail/keeping former offenders from re-offending and following programmes post-prison. Conjugal visits have been described as 'keeping the family together' and 'reducing the amount of homosexual activity/rape in prisons', I would need to investigate this further.

3. Understand how these visits related to re-settlement of the prisoner post-imprisonment. A large degree of recidivism occurs because the offender either has ...

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Preventing recidivism in prisons are examined.