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NCJ Number: 158125 Find in a Library
Title: Long-Term Recidivism Among Federal Inmates Trained as Volunteer Prison Ministers
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:22  Issue:1/2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:97-118
Author(s): M C Young; J Gartner; T O'Connor; D Larson; K Wright
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 22
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared recidivism rates between a group of 180 Federal inmates who participated in a 2-week seminar to support their religious convictions and develop their potential for religious leadership as volunteer ministers inside prison, and a group of 185 inmates drawn from a matched control group.
Abstract: Recidivism data were collected over an 8- to 14-year follow-up period. Chi-square analysis showed that the seminar participants had a significantly lower rate of recidivism than the control group. The seminar participants were also arrested at a slower rate following release from prison than those in the control group, thereby maintaining a higher survival rate for a longer period of time. These results were most pronounced among lower-risk inmates, women, and whites. 3 tables, 3 figures, and 25 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Inmate religious affiliation; Recidivism causes; Recidivism statistics
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