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NCJ Number: 50184 Find in a Library
Title: INMATE SELF-GOVERNMENT AND ATTITUDE CHANGE - AN ASSESSMENT OF PARTICIPATION EFFECTS
Journal: EVALUATION QUARTERLY  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(AUGUST 1978)  Pages:455-479
Author(s): J L REGENS; W G HOBSON
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Western Interstate Cmssn for Higher Education
Boulder, CO 80302
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EFFECTS OF PARTICIPATION IN AN INMATE SELF-GOVERNMENT PROGRAM ON INMATES' SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-COMPETENCE, ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS, AND ACCEPTANCE OF LAW AND AUTHORITY ARE EXAMINED.
Abstract: THE STUDY FOCUSES ON THE ATTITUDINAL CHANGES ATTRIBUTABLE TO PARTICIPATION IN AN INMATE SELF-GOVERNMENT PROGRAM INITIATED IN 1971 AT THE MAXIMUM SECURITY PENITENTIARY IN WALLA WALLA, WASH. THE PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE INMATES ACTUAL POLICYMAKING RESPONSIBILITIES THROUGH A SYSTEM OF COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT. THE PRINCIPAL COMPONENT OF SELF-GOVERNMENT WAS AN INMATE-ELECTED 11-MEMBER COUNCIL RESPONSIBLE FOR FORMULATING POLICY OBJECTIVES AND FOR COORDINATING INMATE PARTICIPATION. A PRETEST-POSTTEST DESIGN WAS USED TO EVALUATE THE PROGRAM'S EFFECTS ON A STRATIFIED RANDOM SAMPLE OF 173 MALE INMATES. EVALUATION DATA REVEAL THAT PARTICIPATION CONSISTENTLY FOSTERED A MORE POSITIVE SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AMONG INMATES, WHEREAS THE ATTITUDES ASSOCIATED WITH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (PARTICULARLY ACCEPTANCE OF LAW AND AUTHORITY) DETERIORATED CONSISTENTLY AMONG INMATES WHO DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN SELF-GOVERNMENT. SUPPORTING DATA, STUDY INSTRUMENTS, AND A LIST OF REFERNCES ARE INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Inmate attitudes; Inmate organizations; Inmate self-government; Program evaluation; Washington
Note: AN EARLIER VERSION OF THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE 34TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MIDWEST POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, APRIL 29 - MAY 1, 1976
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