March 21, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 48

Pilot program reduces violent infractions in prison

Offenders enrolled in the Thinking for a Change program at the Airway Heights Corrections Center have demonstrated just how big of an impact modified thinking can have in a prison unit.

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James Eik
Graduating offenders were met by numerous dignitaries, including the state’s deputy director of corrections, Earl Wright (right).

The program teaches offenders to change their thinking patterns and develop positive social and problem-solving skills. During the time the pilot program was implemented in the unit, violent infractions dropped by 75 percent compared to the neighboring unit. The non-pilot unit had 40 violent infractions since April 2012, while the unit using the pilot program only had 10.

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