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Title: Implementation Evaluation of the First Incarceration Shock Treatment Program: A Boot Camp for Youthful Offenders in Kentucky
Corporate Author: American Institutes for Research
Ctr for Effective Collaboration and Practice
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: American Institutes for Research
Washington, DC 20007
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 92-DD-CX-K043
Sale Source: American Institutes for Research
Ctr for Effective Collaboration and Practice
1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20007
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Kentucky's shock incarceration program for youthful first offenders was evaluated with respect to its implementation during its first 18 months of operation, from July 1993 through December 1994.
Abstract: First Incarceration Shock Treatment (FIST) is a 127-day program offered to male and female inmates who have at least 4 months remaining to parole eligibility and a maximum sentence of 10 years. The program focuses on nonviolent offenders ages 17-29. The rigorous daily schedule includes physical training and conditioning, individualized academic programs, a 120-day drug treatment program, a living skills program, work details, community meetings, and military drill and ceremony. The analysis revealed that FIST successfully implemented a program that met the Bureau of Justice Assistance specifications and used a structured selection process. Many FIST inmates had background characteristics often associated with young people at risk, such as single-parent families, low incomes, drug abuse, and prior arrests. the program appeared to selected qualified professional staff and operated relatively smoothly. FIST does not operate a separate aftercare but releases inmates to the most intensive supervision available in their county of origin. Eighty-four percent of the inmates graduated and about 75 percent of the graduates received parole at the first post-FIST hearing. The program also appeared to stimulate short-term changes in inmate behavior and skills. Establishing a complementary aftercare program would make the program more comprehensive. Tables, figures, 24 references, and appended questionnaires
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
Index Term(s): Kentucky; NIJ final report; Shock incarceration programs
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