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Behavioral-change program presents first graduating class.

The California Institution for Women (CIW)'s Choice Theory[R] Connection Program, a collaboration with Loyola Marymount University and the William Glasser Institute, has proudly announced its first graduating class. Ninety-five female inmates have taken part in the program--the first of its kind for women--and so far, none have returned to prison. Participating women consider the five-phase, yearlong program as a key part of escaping the cycle of incarceration, abusive relationships and violence that may await them at the end of their prison sentence. The program requires a commitment to more than 100 hours of classroom instruction. At the end of the program, individuals have learned to make sound, mature decisions about relationships, lifestyle choices and substance use. "This is a successful program at CIW that helps inmates improve their daily decisions and choices" said Chief Deputy Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins. "Inmates who have [completed] the program have shown the ability to better acclimate to society and lead a crime-free life."

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Title Annotation:News Briefs; California Institution for Women's Choice Theory Connection Program
Author:Ferreira, Jeannelle
Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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