Armstrong Receives Grant from Department of Justice


(August 10, 2011) Armstrong Atlantic State University’s College of Education has received a $19,999 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections that will fund a cooperative agreement for implementing inmate behavior management programs.

Under the agreement, the College of Education will develop a written guide outlining how to set measurable goals to ensure success in implementing six elements of inmate behavior management at federal prisons. Patricia Holt, interim department head and professor of adolescent and adult education, serves as the principal investigator (PI) of the grant. Megan Morris, LiveText coordinator for the College of Education, is co-PI. Both will work with federal prison administrators to develop measurable goals in the management of pre-trial federal inmates. The agreement runs from August 1, 2011 through January 31, 2013.

“Our emphasis will be to provide a guide for prison administrators throughout the United States that deals with populations as they go through trials, sentencing and transition to various facilities,” said Holt.

The six elements of behavior management include assessing need and risk, housing assignments, meeting basic needs, conveying behavior expectation, supervision and providing productive occupation for inmates.

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