Assessment of the Participation of Jos Central Prison Inmates in Vocational Training Programmes in Plateau State, Nigeria.
This study examines the participation of Jos Central Prison Inmates in Vocational Training Programmes, Plateau State. The objectives of the study are; to assess factors that determine Jos prison inmate’s decision to participate or not to participate in vocational training, the attitude of Jos prison inmates towards vocational training, and establish whether or not socio-economic background is a factor that justify Jos prison inmate’s decision to participate in vocational training among others. The population of the study consisted of all the convicted inmates in Jos prison. Cluster sampling technique was used to choose an intact group and used as sample of the study. The instrument adopted to generate data for the study was structured questionnaire titled “Questionnaire for Prison Inmates”. Simple percentage was used to analyse the research questions while the hypotheses were tested using chi-square. Findings of the study indicate that participation in vocational training by prison inmates is not determined by their level of prior education. Also, that prison inmates who participate in vocational training perceived the training as beneficial and that inmate’s socio-economic background influences their decision to participate in vocational training. Recommendations given are: that prison based-educational programmes should provide incentives for inmates’ participation in vocational training, and inmates that are serving less than six months in their sentence length should be provided with vocational skills that can be acquired within a short period of time.