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From the Inside: Personal Challenges for Teens Reentering Society
©2008

For many inmates at juvenile correctional facilities, looking ahead to freedom brings anxiety and doubt. This program illustrates the challenges that often await young offenders following incarceration and shows teen inmates preparing to face the corporate world, their families, and themselves. Overcoming illiteracy, building marketable work skills, and becoming familiar with employment counseling and job search techniques are some of the subjects explored. The emotional side of leaving prison—including homecomings with elated parents and siblings and the counseling that often accompanies those reunions—is also illustrated in depth. Follows educational and program recommendations provided by the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice.



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Literacy Improvement in Juvenile Prisons
Effective reentry programs begin when a young person is first incarcerated. Riker's Island in NYC offers a multi-part discharge initiative that includes education. Most juvenile offenders did not attend school on the outside.