Dr Maria E. Ngwu & Dr Rachel D. Uche
The study investigated the relationship between vocational skills training and rehabilitation of ex-convicts in Calabar South Local Government Area, Cross River State, Nigeria. The design of the study is the descriptive survey research design. The population of the study was staff of correctional centre and secondary sources. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 50 staff from the correctional centre. The instrument was validated by experts in Test and Measurement, and counsellors. The reliability index of the instrument was .62. Data were analysed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient. The result showed that vocational skills training has significant relationship with rehabilitation of ex-convicts. Based on the finding of the study, it was concluded that the skill acquired enhances the chances of engaging in gainful employment and minimizes the chances of returning back to criminal activities. It was therefore recommended that rehabilitation of ex-convict through vocational skills training will help them to have employable skills which will help them be self-sustainable and employable. Counselling on change of attitude and behaviour could help ex-convicts change their mindset and re-integrate into the society and become better citizens. Successful re-integration of ex-convicts is central to crime reduction.