THE WHY AND PURPOSE OF EXPAR PROJECTPosted on: July 5, 2018, by : EXPAR
The National Institute of Health (NIH) reveals that in the year ending March 2017, a total of 344 prisoners died behind bars (including the 194 self-inflicted deaths). 91% of these cases are as a result of psychological imbalances horned by low self-esteem, social stigma, uncontrolled aggression, hopelessness and loss of purpose, loss of freedom, depression, loss of self-respect or sense of personal responsibility, and bewilderment.
As much as this is particularly true for inmates on long term and life sentences, most rehabilitative and vocational programs focus on inmates on short-term sentence, it aims at remanding prisoners for a better reintegration. While it is assumed that allocation of such services to long term and life term inmates is wasteful because the group have lower chances of reintegration.
However, this neglected group has a higher influence on the orientation of inmates on short-term sentence; new inmates share from their experience and follow the norms set by them. Therefore, prisons must aim at building a sustainable culture that promotes sound reformation for prisoner by training the long-term and life-term inmates as well.
Arts have been found to be particularly effective in promoting personal and cognitive development, and the overall psychological health. Therefore, it is of pressing importance that inmates learn to utilize arts to promote reformative and constructive use of solitude, mental health, and as a creative tool for communication and expression.
Central to this awareness is the purpose and the essential advantage of EXPAR Project.