Impact of Crime Program Benefits
During each session of Impact of Crime, classroom material is presented about specific topics of crime to include property crime, assault, sexual assault, drunk driving, robbery, drug use and distribution, domestic violence, violent crime, and child maltreatment. The class is designed to expose justice-involved individuals to the full range of consequences of crimes by showing them how the victim feels and discusses how others, including family members, may be affected by the crime. The class involves personal presentations by victims of crimes who describe how their victimization has affected their lives. The sharing of personal circumstances dramatically demonstrates to the inmate participants the true pain and hurt that is caused by senseless criminal acts. IOC challenges the individual to face the impact of their crime and accept responsibility for their actions.
The class concludes with the inmates producing a community service project. This project becomes a symbolic act of restitution that the student inmates offer to the community. Examples of projects that have been completed include a video designed to inform the public about crime, a poster designed to discourage drinking and driving and Public Service Announcements shared with George Mason University to discourage drug and alcohol use among students.