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  NCJ Number: NCJ 238905     Find in a Library
  Title: Rehabilitation Through the Arts: Impact on Participants' Engagement in Educational Programs
  Author(s): Ronnie Halperin ; Suzanne Kessler ; Dana Braunschweiger
  Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:63  Issue:1  Dated:April 2012  Pages:6 to 23
  Date Published: 04/2012
  Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This study examined the effectiveness of the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program on offenders' participation in educational programs.
  Abstract: Educational achievement has been shown to be negatively correlated with recidivism among those released from prison (Nuttall, Hollmen, and Staley, 2003). The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a prison art rehabilitation program, Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), on inmate participation in voluntary educational programs. RTA participants were compared to a sample of incarcerated men matched on age, ethnicity, crime, date of entry into prison, time served, and earliest release date. Data analyses revealed that (1)there was a trend towards more RTA participants completing educational degrees beyond the GED while in the custody of the Department of the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) than those in the comparison group, 2 (2) = 5.465, p=0.65; (2) RTA participants spent about the same proportion of time engaged in GED programs as the comparisons, but less time after joining RTA, F(1,56) = 4.110, p=0.47; and (3) RTA participants who entered DOCS with a high school diploma spent proportionally more time engaged in college programs, but only after joining RTA, than the comparisons, F(1,32) = 5.457, p=0.26. Arts programs may motivate those with long sentences to pursue educational degrees. (Published Abstract)
  Main Term(s): Offender participation in rehabilitation goals
  Index Term(s): Program evaluation ; Judicial educational programs ; Rehabilitation ; Criminal justice program evaluation ; Inmate Education Assistance Programs
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  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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