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Title: What Works?
Author(s): R Immarigeon
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 94-DD-CX-K007
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research on the effectiveness of various correctional options is reviewed, principles of effectiveness are outlined, and specific correctional programs are noted.
Abstract: One research study indicates successful correctional interventions share certain common components and principles of effectiveness. These principles include a social learning approach, consistent rules and sanctions, support for noncriminal attitudes and behaviors, problem-solving skills, productive relationships between correctional staff and offenders, offender advocacy, the use of ex-offenders as positive role models, offender involvement with the design of specific interventions, offender peer groups, multiple intervention methods, and emphasis on relapse prevention. A community service program in New York illustrates the effectiveness of limiting correctional intervention to clear and concise requirements that correctional staff and offenders can work together to achieve. A review of programming for female offenders suggests the utility of matching individual offenders with specific program interventions. In addition, a review of two approaches to restorative justice demonstrates victim, offender, and community involvement in criminal justice decision-making can help create a strong and supportive environment for correctional options. 6 references and 2 photographs
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Community service programs; Female offenders; New York
Note: Correctional Options Series, sixth in a series of seven articles in Corrections Today
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