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NCJ Number: 42392 Find in a Library
Title: IN-PROGRAM EVALUATION OF A COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL AGENCY FOR HIGH-RISK OFFENDERS
Journal: CORRECTIVE AND SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOR TECHNOLOGY, METHODS AND THERAPY  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:(1977)  Pages:48-52
Author(s): E L MORAN; W A KASS; D C MUNZ
Corporate Author: Martin Psychiatric Research Foundation, Inc
Mid-Continent Hospital
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Martin Psychiatric Research Foundation, Inc
Olathe, KS 66061
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS RESEARCH DOCUMENTS A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS PROGRAM FOR HIGH RISK OFFENDERS, EVALUATES THE IN-PROGRAM EFFECTS ON ITS CLIENTS, AND ATTEMPTS TO DISCOVER THE CLIENT CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH PROGRAM SUCCESS.
Abstract: THE MAGDALA FOUNDATION IS A PRIVATE COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONAL AGENCY IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, DESIGNED TO REHABILITATE HIGH RISK OFFENDERS. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES SMALL, INTENSE RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENTS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. A LOW STAFF-TO-CLIENT RATIO IS MAINTAINED, AND INCENTIVES ARE PROVIDED FOR VOCATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. METHODS USED INCLUDE BEHAVIORAL CONTRACTS, A TOKEN ECONOMY, A LEVELS SYSTEM, AND POINT CONTINGENCY CONTRACTS. EMPHASIS OF THE PROGRAM IS ON FOSTERING AND MAINTAINING CONSTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR AND EMPLOYMENT IN CLIENTS. THE PROGRAM WAS FOUND TO HAVE HELPED 25 TO 60 PERCENT OF ITS CLIENTS AND TO HAVE FAILED WITH AT LEAST 35 PERCENT OF ITS RESIDENTS. THE PROGRAM WAS ALSO FOUND TO HAVE A DIFFERENTIAL IMPACT ON ITS CLIENTS. BASED ON THIS IT IS CONCLUDED THAT A TOKEN ECONOMY BENEFITS ONLY CERTAIN TYPES OF HIGH RISK OFFENDERS. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DETERMINANTS OF PROGRAM SUCCESS WAS A HISTORY OF SUCCESS WITH SIMILAR SOCIETAL DEMANDS IN THE PAST. A NUMBER OF FACTORS RELATED TO AGE, INTELLIGENCE, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH WERE ALSO EXAMINED AND WERE FOUND TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON PROGRAM SUCCESS....DMC
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavioral objectives; Behavioral science research; Community-based corrections (adult); Employment; Ex-offender employment; Habitual offenders; Program evaluation; Rehabilitation; Token economies
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