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GOING HOME: Teens Re-entering Society (2 Programs)
*WINNER! 2008 Telly Award
"Highly recommended. The officials and social workers profiled are frank and enthusiastic about the changes they have seen in inmates’ lives, while inmates’ attitudes are primarily hopeful, nicely balanced by a few grim faces and some skepticism in Part 1. The catchy sound track for Part 2 was developed by the former inmate featured in the APT segment. Although brief, Going Home covers several aspects of rehabilitation and provides good examples for further study. These films are highly recommended for programs in criminal justice and social work, and for those interested in the value of prison rehabilitation programs."
Educational Media Reviews Online
All former inmates have a hard time adjusting to life outside prison, but teenagers face their own specific set of challenges after doing time. This two-part series shows how that adjustment process often plays out and how its hardships can be minimized. Filmed in large part at the Riker's Island Academy, a GED-level school that has helped turn hundreds of inmates' lives around, the series covers the major sources of conflict that young people will encounter when reentering society. Addressing the day-to-day challenges of newfound, uncertain freedom, these programs illustrate how a support system can be built with the help of family, peers, caseworkers, and even correctional staff.
*Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act. Follows educational and program recommendations provided by the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice.
The two programs in the series are:
FROM THE INSIDE: Personal Challenges for Teens Reentering Society
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. 21 minutes
ON THE OUTSIDE: Social Challenges for Teens Reentering Society
The importance of guidance programs for prisoners can't be overstressed - they help society as well as the individual reentering it. Following young people who have been discharged from Riker's Island Academy, this program focuses on the payoffs that come from educational and counseling services for those behind bars. A lively peer-to-peer class setting is featured, while the process of court-ordered drug-testing is illustrated in detail by a visit to an ex-offender's home - highlighting a central concern of many young people trying to find meaning and success on the outside. A wealth of insight is also provided on the advantages gained from structured vocational and recreational programs. 23 minutes