Psychology and Art Rehabilitation Programs For Inmates

Dr. June Tangney's research as a Clinical Psychologist and Criminology Professor is helping to make changes in the community.

Student having fun and working hard

Dr. June Tangney is featured on this article from the Washington Post about how the Volunteer Art Program at the Fairfax and Arlington jail is helping inmates with rehabilitation.

Given the way the American Correctional Institutions are run, there is very little freedom and a higher risk of inmates coming out of their sentence not trusting in their community or society as a whole because of ill-run facilities. Most inmates run the risk of recidivism due to not being able to reassimilate back into society. Especially if they have not been given the chance of having a rehabilitation program at their institution. 

In the Fairfax County and Alexandria jails, a local volunteer artist, Schollard-Sincock teaches the inmates for an hour and a half and she has taught more than 200 inmates since the programs been instated. 

She teaches the inmates through art that "We make mistakes in art and we make mistakes in life. You make a mistake you work through it. Embrace your mistakes and learn and grow from it." (Washington Post). To read more and find out June's viewpoint on this continue reading here! The artwork of the inmates willbe displayed at the Torpedo Factory in Arlington until August 31st!

Fairfax County Art Program