Resolutions and Recidivism: The Case for Debate Programs in Federal and State Prisons

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Irish, Devin
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University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University
v Abstract: This thesis examines reform efforts such as education and debate programs and the correlation they have with in prison violence, recidivism rates, and inmate autonomy. The concept of inmate edification and its benefits are highlighted through an examination of penal reform in the United States. From the Penitentiary System to the modern day Correctional System, many different ideas of proper prison management have been proposed. However, this thesis argues that the Professional Model of prison management is the superior style as it functions on a problem-solution basis of reform. Edification in the form of education and supplementary programs like debate help solve the problems that face inmates. Education helps find employment after release which has shown to have a direct correlation to recidivism rates. Lastly, the thesis examines five prisons through the United States that have enacted prison debate programs and the benefits the programs have provided for their participants such as lowering vocal aggression, giving greater independence and confidence, and ultimately reducing recidivism rates in a significant way.
prison reform, recidivism, debate, forensics, prison history