PRISONER RECREATION AND WELFARE PROGRAMS
In this lesson you will learn to: properly supervise and observe prisoner recreational and welfare
activities; and determine the need and purpose of such activities and their role in the correctional
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Implement, observe and supervise a prisoner recreation and welfare program.
You will have this subcourse.
To demonstrate knowledge of this task you must achieve a score of 70 percent
on the subcourse examination.
REFERENCES: The material in this lesson was derived from the following publication: FM
Experience indicates the majority of facility disorders are planned or instigated during prisoners'
unprogrammed time. It is with this in mind that the facility must provide, as an integral part of
the correctional treatment program, recreational and welfare activities that are intended to
constructively occupy the prisoners' leisure time and to fill the gaps between details, training,
and administrative activities that comprise the schedule. The provision for free time for
prisoners is one of the essential elements of successful correctional treatment.
1. Corrections supervisors and NCOs have closer supervisory contact over prisoners than other
personnel of the facility staff. As a result, they are in a much better position to observe the
individual prisoner's personality and adjustment problems than are other facility personnel.
Problems are more often exhibited during the time prisoners participate in recreational activities.
Intelligent observations of prisoners' activity during their leisure time greatly assist the
commander and his staff in evaluating individual prisoners and encouraging prisoners' response
to correctional treatment.
2. The daily routine of training and administrative activities presents a demanding schedule
upon the prisoner. As a result, prisoners develop tension, boredom, and frustrations, which, if
allowed to remain unchecked, seriously hamper correctional treatment efforts. Therefore, leisure
time that prisoners might spend in activities detrimental to custody and control must be occupied