The est Training in Prisons

est donated its standard training to over 500 inmates at Lompoc, Leavenworth and Alderson federal prisons as wel as California State Prison at San Quentin starting in 1974… The first study of observable results yeilded by est in the prisons was done by Dr. Earl Babbie… The nine inmate graduates all reported positive value from the experience with responses ranging from quiet enthusiasm to ecstatic excitement.  More specifically, they said they gained: “greater enthusiasm about life, greater self-confidence and self-esteem, abiity to be more open in repationship with others, a greater sense of responsibility about past, present and future life; and better interaction with fellow inmates and prison guards.”   From The est Training in the Prisons: A Basis for the Transformation of Corrections?  An article by Mark Woodard on The est Training in Prisons, originally printed in the University of Baltimore Law Journal in 1982

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