First Advisor

Margaret Everett

Term of Graduation

Fall 2005

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology






Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Women prisoners -- Oregon -- Wilsonville, Women prisoners -- Education -- Oregon -- Wilsonville, GED tests



Physical Description

1 online resource (2, ix, 97 pages)


Prisons provide us with a place to segregate criminals from the population at large, but the ongoing question is what to do with them once we have incarcerated them? On one side there is the idea that prisons should be used to punish those who have broken the law. On the other is the idea that prisons should help to rehabilitate prisoners so that they may be reintegrated into society upon their release.

The purpose of this study was to examine the role correctional education programs played in the life of female offenders in light of the debate mentioned above. Based on qualitative research, the aim of this study was to listen to the prisoner's voice. What did inmates think about correctional education programs offered? Did they want such programs? Did they feel empowered by them, or did they resist being 'rehabilitated' and feign compliance? How did inmates make sense of their learning experience?


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