Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research


Patricia Lewis


Responding to the need for gender-specific programs within the criminal justice system, this study evaluates a women’s life skills group that is geared toward education and empowerment for female offenders at the Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) in a small southeastern city. The researcher evaluated the effectiveness of this group using a single-system model. The desired outcome of the group was to enhance the women’s knowledge in areas such as self-esteem, parenting, domestic violence, job readiness, and health. Findings reveal overall satisfaction of the participants with the life skills group as well as a significant improvement in individual life satisfaction. This study offers promising avenues to empower women to successfully complete their probation or parole time and become better functioning members of society.