Prison Entrepreneurship Program Analysis

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Finding a good job after prison or jail is a difficult task as many employers do not hire ex-offenders. Reducing recidivism and empowering ex-offenders to start their own business is a great strategy that is being well received across the [United States]. Entrepreneurship provides a means to create jobs for ex-offenders, empowering them to earn a living wage more than capable of sustaining a family (Clark & Potter-Blair, 2011, p.38).
The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is a program in the state of Texas only in which it recruits its member from 60 facilities across the state (Johnson, Wubbenhorst, & Schroeder, 2013, p. 9). This program is designed so that offenders can reenter society in a well prepared manner, not only for them, but for their families as well; it takes time and dedication in order to transform ex-offenders. Entrepreneurship involves many skills that must be learned in order to be successful. The dedication of the members of this program does not go unnoticed as ex-offenders are provided with a “comprehensive solution” (Prison Entrepreneurship Program) in order to be successful in the outside world without a low percentage of recidivism. Inmates must commit to becoming
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The first 3-month period is a character development program immediately followed by a 6-month “mini MBA” program in which imates will receive a college Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business (Enable Impact, n.d.). The main focus of the class is put on the Business Plan Competition (BCP). The duration of the program includes 1,000 hours of classroom instruction during a period of nine months and includes other activities such as “group assignments and public events” (Johnson, Wubbenhorst, & Schroeder, 2013, p. 17). This class is taught with the help a college textbook during which inmates will work to build a full business plans as a part of the course completions

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