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The Use of Open and Distance Learning For Correctional Education: The Views of Prison Inmates of Nsawam Medium Security Prison (NMSP), Ghana.


This study explored the views of the Inmates of Nsawam Medium Security Prison (NMSP) in Ghana about using Open and Distance learning building their human resource while serving their jail terms. The study employed qualitative research methodology which made use of semi-structured interviews to collect qualitative data. Fifteen final year students of two formal education programmes in the prison were purposively selected to participate in the study. The study found among others that prisoners in NMSP possess adequate knowledge and understanding of potential benefits of ODL in equipping them with knowledge and skills they will need to live a meaningful life after prison.  The inmates were also able to identify the financial and logistical support they will need to embark on a successful ODL programme. The author recommended that government should provide financial support and logistical support for effective correctional educational through ODL.

Keywords: Open and Distance Learning, correctional education, meduim security prison

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