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NCJ Number: 136940 Find in a Library
Title: Shock Incarceration Program Follow-Up Study, May 1991
Author(s): D W Aziz; P H Korotkin; D G Macdonald
Corporate Author: New York State Dept of Correctional Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Dept of Correctional Services
Albany, NY 12226
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study follows up graduates of New York State's shock incarceration program and comparison groups of first releases from the Department of Correctional Services custody who entered parole supervision between March 1988 and December 1989. This study is the fourth in a series of evaluations of the shock incarceration program.
Abstract: Consistent with the overall evaluation plan, this study introduces a new comparison group to the series, namely inmates who volunteered for the program, but who failed to complete it for a variety of reasons ranging from volunteering out to being removed for disciplinary reasons. The other comparison groups include pre-shock inmates and inmates who were legally eligible for shock incarceration, but who did not enter the program. Using a 24-month period of exposure in the community criteria, the shock incarceration graduates were returned to custody in 44.1 percent of cases, pre-shock inmates were returned 44.8 percent of the time, the control group considered for shock treatment returned in 47.5 percent of the cases, and the group removed from shock before completion returned to custody 58.8 percent of the time. The findings indicate that, despite a shorter incarceration period, inmates who participate in the shock incarceration program are returned to custody at lower or similar rates to comparable groups. The shorter incarceration period has saved the Department approximately $150 million as of January 31, 1991. 2 tables
Main Term(s): Recidivism statistics; Shock incarceration programs
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; New York
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