Chapter Activities

These lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.

Activity 1:

Designing Prison Programming

In this activity, students will design a schedule for prison programming. The plan should include comprehensive access to a variety of programs to address diverse inmate needs. Additional considerations to be included are frequency, time of day, complimentary programming, and skills necessary for successful reentry. Programs could address education, vocational training, substance abuse treatment, sex offender treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, violence prevention, and parenting.


Class Schedule/Time

Need Met


8 a.m.–10 a.m.; MWF

High school diploma equivalency













As an added activity, have students discuss their programming schedules with one or two other students to assess coverage for diverse inmate needs. Allow students to make changes to their schedules and ask students to describe how their program schedule addresses elements essential to reentry.

Activity 2:

Access to Dental Care

Provide students with the Estelle v. Gamble case ( and the Huffington Post article on dental care in the Bureau of Prisons (

In this activity, students will write a 1-min paper to address the following:

  1. What is the main point of these resources?
  2. What is one thing that is not clear given the Estelle v. Gamble ruling and how the BOP handles dental care?
  3. How could correctional agencies meet the standard set in Estelle v. Gamble?