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Rule 125-4-2-.01 Responsibility

(1) The State Board of Corrections, acting alone or in cooperation with the State Department of Education, the State Board of Regents, or the several Federal, State or Local agencies, shall provide overall direction of the educational programs undertaken within the correctional system and shall exercise program approval authority.
(2) Wardens/Superintendents shall establish and maintain educational programs consistent with the needs and interests of the inmate population concerned and meeting appropriate Department of Education and/or Department of Labor standards.
(3) Wardens/Superintendents should solicit community support in developing and implementing educational programs and, wherever possible, should utilize existing community capabilities in the furtherance of inmate training.

Rule 125-4-2-.02 Facilities and Equipment

Each institution shall provide whatever facilities, equipment, materials and supplies are available or can be obtained in support of training courses or programs which further rehabilitative efforts.

Rule 125-4-2-.03 Testing

Standarized tests to determine academic achievement levels and vocational aptitude shall be administered to each inmate in order to provide initial data on which to base training decisions. Additional testing or follow-up retesting shall be accomplished consistent with the inmate's changing interests and/or potential advancing achievement levels.

Rule 125-4-2-.04 Academic Training

(1) Each institution shall provide educational courses consistent with the capacity and the demonstrated interests of the inmate population.
(2) Training in the social and coping skills, including consumer problems, family life, and establishment of educational goals, shall be offered as a part of the educational process.
(3) Each inmate whose standard test scores indicate that his (her) educational level is below the 8th grade shall be encouraged, and where possible, assigned to attend appropriate scheduled academic courses for a minimum of ten (10) hours per week.
(4) Each institution should establish as its objective the creation and operation of a program which will fulfill inmate educational needs from the illiteracy level through the high school equivalency level.
(5) Opportunities for college level training may be provided through in-house classes, correspondence courses, and, in selected cases, through educational release.

Rule 125-4-2-.05 Vocational Training

(1) Vocational and self-improvement training courses shall be offered by each institution consistent with the training assets available to the institution or obtainable in the community and in accordance with the needs and desires of the inmates concerned.
(2) New vocational programs must be based on employment potential and inmate interest and capabilities.
(3) The goal of such training should be to provide a level of skills marketable in private industry.
(4) As appropriate, the active support and assistance of Trades Advisory Councils, Department of Labor activities, State Area Vocational Technical Schools and similar organizations should be solicited.
(5) Supplementary efforts should be employed to improve achieved skills through on-the-job training, work release, educational release and related programs designed to prepare the inmate for his (her) return to society.

Rule 125-4-2-.06 Live Work Training

Inmate trainees enrolled in any vocational, technical or educational training program authorized and supported by the State Board of Corrections may repair, finish or otherwise utilize any privately owned property or equipment, as well as other property or equipment, in connection with the activities of any such training program, so long as the repair, finishing or utilization contributed to the inmate's acquisition of the desired vocational, technical, or educational skills.

Rule 125-4-2-.07 Instructional Personnel

(1) Academic instructors are required to meet State teacher certification standards. Vocational instructors must be licensed or credentialed in accordance with State Department of Education criteria.
(2) Full-time academic and Vocational teachers, other than supervisory personnel, shall spend a minimum of thirty (30) hours per week performing active instruction, testing and guidance duties.
(3) Educational supervisors having fewer than five (5) subordinates shall spend a minimum of fifteen (15) hours weekly in an active teaching role.
(4) Educational personnel shall be encouraged to attend a minimum of one training workshop, conference, or applicable college course per year to upgrade their teaching skills.
(5) In-service instruction training shall be provided by the Department of Corrections through arrangement with other appropriate agencies.

Rule 125-4-2-.08 Library

(1) Wardens/Superintendents shall assure that appropriate library resources are made available to staff and inmates. Larger institutions shall establish and maintain a library of coverage consistent with the size, requirements, and interests of the inmate population. Smaller institutions shall assure inmate accessibility to library materials through use of the area bookmobile service of the State Department of Education or the local library.
(2) Materials made available through the library service shall include books, newspapers, periodicals, and audio-visual materials selected to support, broaden, and strengthen institutional rehabilitation efforts. A reasonable amount of these materials shall be current publications.
(a) A number and selection of references dealing with the educational, social, cultural, and vocational needs of the inmate population shall be established and maintained consistent with the size and interest of the inmate population.
(b) Inmates' recreational needs shall be addressed through the availability of materials dealing with sports, games, crafts, arts, etc.
(c) Libraries at designated institutions shall include legal references and materials as directed by the Commissioner.
(3) Library materials shall be made available, on a regularly scheduled basis, to all inmates while they are not on work assignment and while not assigned to disciplinary isolation. This restriction does not include legal materials.

Rule 125-4-2-.09 Educational Release

The Commissioner of Corrections may develop, administer and implement an educational release program. The program shall be designed to provide selected inmates an opportunity to undertake educational advancement through participation in available community educational activities. The objectives of the program shall be to:

(a) Expand available educational opportunities for inmates.
(b) Motivate participation in an on-going program preliminary to achievement of eligibility for educational release.
(c) Serve as a supporting corollary to the Work-Release Program.
(d) Provide coordination with community educational resources in Pre-Release phases.

Rule 125-4-2-.10 Accountability

In order to facilitate an assessment of the effectiveness of the Department of Corrections educational programs, the following shall be required:

(a) Standard record-keeping shall be accomplished concerning inmate participation and progress.
(b) An evaluation of the educational (academic and vocational) programs implemented at each institution is to be conducted system- wide on an on-going basis.