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Self-help Programs for Criminals.

Transmittal letter

The current grant proposal aims at the reduction of recidivism through the development of self-help programs for criminals. Self-help programs should start in prison and continue in the community, where released criminals live. Such self-help programs may be costly but they are highly efficient.

Grant Proposal

The current grant focuses on the elaboration and implementation of self-help programs for released criminals to prevent cases of recidivism. Self-help programs are efficient and, therefore, worth implementing in face of the growing number of cases of recidivism and the overall growth of the prison population.


Today, the prison population grows, while cases of recidivism become more and more frequent. Existing programs and policies conducted by law enforcement agencies and public organizations turn out to be inefficient and unable to prevent recidivism.

Project summary

The project will focus on the elaboration and implementation of self-help programs, which combine education and psychological help being granted for criminals. The programs will start in prison and continue in communities, where released offenders choose to live. Upon their completion, released offenders are supposed to have the lower risk of recidivism compared to released offenders, who have never participated in such programs, because participants of self-help programs learn strategies of integration into the community and leading the socially acceptable lifestyle.

Problem statement

Today, the problem of recidivism emerges because of the lack of programs that could have helped released offenders to integrate into the normal social life. Hence, offenders need self-help programs that could help them to cope with their problems after their release from prison.

Mission, goals and objectives

The mission of the grant proposal is to elaborate and implement self-help programs which can help released offenders to return to the normal social life and avoid recidivism. The main goal of the proposal is the reduction of recidivism. The objective of the proposal is the reduction of recidivism, at least by 25% among offenders enrolled in the program compared to offenders, who are not enrolled in the program.

Project narrative

The project will involve the elaboration of self-help program that include education of offenders to increase their job opportunities, and psychological help to facilitate their integration into their communities after their release from prison. Programs will be implemented in prison in Texas, US first and later the programs may be expanded nationwide. Each participant of the program will continue the involvement in the programs after the release from prison, either using internet as the means of communication or attending offices of the program statewide and later nationwide.

Project management plan

The project will be managed by the project team, which includes team members responsible for specific elements of the program, including finance, public relations, educational programs, psychological aid, and management of the program.

Documentation plan

The funding of the project is supposed to be received from the state and federal budgets in terms of grants (Siegel, 2010). The project team will report on the annual basis to stakeholders on the use of funds. State and government agencies will have an opportunity to audit and to monitor the project implementation once a month.

Evaluation plan

The plan will be evaluated on the ground of the analysis of cases of recidivism among participants of the program compared to non-participants.

Dissemination plan

The project will be delivered to stakeholders with derailed explanation of goals and essence of the project along with expected outcomes.

Continuation plan

The programs of self-help are supposed to be implemented nationwide and become a part of the criminal justice system that focuses on the correction of offenders and prevention of recidivism.




Siegel, L. (2010). Criminology. New York: Cengage Publishers.