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NCJ Number: 148327 Find in a Library
Title: Operation Kick-It: Texas Prisoners Rehabilitate Themselves by Dissuading Others
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:20  Issue:3-4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:207-215
Author(s): R F Scott Jr; R D Hawkins Jr; M Farnsworth
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of a project in which imprisoned drug offenders describe their criminal histories and the consequences to deter young people from committing crime concludes that the project had a latent effect on the participants themselves in that their recidivism rates were signficiantly lower than those in a matched control group of ex-offenders.
Abstract: Operation Kick-It is a project established in Texas in 1970 by the Governor's Criminal Justice Council. Panels of three or four drug offenders traveled through the State to tell their life stores to the public, particularly adolescents. In contrast to previous projects that used intimidation and scare tactics, Project Kick-It places more emphasis on relating to the audience. The study used a partial experimental design to compare recidivism among 179 program participants and 179 matched nonparticipants. Results revealed recidivism rates of 20 percent for participants and 66 percent for nonparticipants. Findings indicated that program participation helped these first-time drug offenders in their successful reintegration into conventional society. Tables, notes, and 14 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Crime prevention education; Drug offenders; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Texas
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