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NCJ Number: 128247 Find in a Library
Title: Butner Study: The Final Analysis
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Federal Correctional Institution at Butner (North Carolina) evaluated a model of imprisonment emphasizing a positive environment in which inmates are allowed to volunteer for programs, to preserve much of their individuality, and to live in a humane environment.
Abstract: The model was an experimental design with some of the most difficult inmates as subjects and with an independent research team conducting the evaluation. The major specifications of the model were met at Butner. It was clearly demonstrated that a group of sophisticated, dangerous, and experienced criminals can be housed in prisons where a central management philosophy emphasizes individual rights and can function very well under these circumstances. Further, the institution was perceived by the staff and inmates as being positive; there was more active program participation among Butner research inmates than among control group inmates; and, a safer environment was provided for both staff and inmates. A comprehensive followup study revealed no marked differences between experimental and control inmates. 1 table, 4 footnotes, and 10 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Inmate social programs
Index Term(s): North Carolina; Offender participation in rehabilitation goals; Program evaluation
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