Empowering Adult Inmates with Communication Needs in an East Malaysia Prison

Junaidah Januin and Veronica Petrus Atin and Wan Hurani Osman and Mohd Azri Ibrahim and Halina Sendera Mohd Yakin and Mohd Aqmal Hafidz and Sabariah Abd Rahim and Nor Dawirah Abdul Rahman (2023) Empowering Adult Inmates with Communication Needs in an East Malaysia Prison. Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 8. pp. 1-15.

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Communication skills are essential in our daily life because we communicate to pass information from one person to another. However, to have effective communication in a correctional environment, like prisons, is not easy. There are many distractions and barriers to communicate effectively in prisons. Although prison education should be seen as a way to educate inmates to successfully integrate in society upon their release, inmates face difficulties in getting enough reading materials, content and learning tools to enhance their communication skills. This may negatively affect their integration in society and employability after serving their sentences. Therefore, this study aimed to elicit the communication needs of the adult inmates in one of the local prisons in East Malaysia. We employed a textography research approach, where we combined textual analysis and an ethnographic method (interview), to investigate contexts, texts and practices of the prison studied. The findings showed that the inmates need to learn verbal and non-verbal communication, new technologies for communication and simple English conversations. This study is pertinent in providing insights for the development of suitable teaching and learning modules for prison learning institutions.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Prison education, Communication needs, Employability, Social integration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology (General) > HM(1)-1281 Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV1-9960 Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7231-9960 Criminal justice administration > HV8301-9920.7 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Department: CENTRE > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 14:27
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 14:27
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/36232

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