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NCJ Number: 66443 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: POSITIVE IMPACT ON RECIDIVISM - EVALUATING M-2 BY THE BASE EXPECTANCY METHOD - 'EXECUTIVE SUMMARY'
Author(s): G J DABEL
Corporate Author: M-2 Sponsors, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: M-2 Sponsors, Inc
Hayward, CA 94541
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CALIFORNIA'S M-2 PROGRAM, WHICH MATCHES VISITORS FROM THE COMMUNITY WITH PRISON INMATES, RESULTS IN COST BENEFITS AND LOWER RECIDIVISM FOR INMATES INVOLVED; BASE EXPECTANCY ANALYSIS FOR M-2 RECIDIVISM IS INCLUDED.
Abstract: M-2, BEGUN IN 1971, IS VOLUNTARY FOR INMATES; PRISONERS WITH FEW OR NO OUTSIDE CONTACTS ARE GIVEN PREFERENCE, HOWEVER. M-2 AIMS TO PROVIDE INMATES WITH CARING RELATIONSHIP AND JOB-FINDING ASSISTANCE, THE EX-OFFENDER IS ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP INTO A GOOD CITIZEN. VISITORS, CALLED SPONSORS, MAY VISIT THEIR INMATES ONE OR MORE TIMES A MONTH; FROM 1971-1979 OVER 12,000 INMATES WERE MATCHED WITH MORE THAN 9,000 CITIZENS. SINCE MOST MAJOR CRIMES ARE COMMITTED BY EX-OFFENDERS, THE FINANCIAL AND SOCIAL BENEFITS OF M-2 DERIVE FROM REDUCTIONS IN RECIDIVISM. HOWEVER, M-2 ALSO REDUCES PARTICIPATING PRISONERS' ALIENATION AND PRISON CUSTODY PROBLEMS, MOTIVATES PRISONERS, AND EDUCATES THE PUBLIC. SEVERAL STUDIES OF M-2 SHOW THAT M-2 SPONSORED INMATES EVIDENCE A 10 PERCENT OR HIGHER PAROLE SUCCESS 24 MONTHS AFTER PAROLE THAN GROUPS OF NON-PARTICIPATING INMATES. FURTHER, M-2 INMATES' PAROLE SUCCESS VARIES DIRECTLY WITH NUMBER OF TIMES PER MONTH THEY WERE VISITED IN PRISON BY SPONSORS. FINALLY, EVALUATING M-2 BY THE BASE EXPECTANCY METHOD, OR COMPARING AN M-2 OFFENDER'S EXPECTED RECIDIVISM WITH HIS ACTUAL RECIDIVISM, SHOWS THAT M-2 EXOFFENDERS DO 8 TO 22 PERCENT BETTER THAN NON-M-2 EX-OFFENDERS. ALTHOUGH IT IS CLAIMED THAT M-2 OFFENDERS ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL ON PAROLE BECAUSE THEY ARE BETTER MOTIVATED IN GENERAL, M-2 INMATE VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT SCREENED, OFTEN HAVE PRIOR COMMITMENTS, AND ARE FREQUENTLY THE LEAST MOTIVATED IN PRISON POPULATIONS. TABULAR INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): California; Corrections effectiveness; Inmate Programs; Parole outcome prediction; Recidivism; Volunteer programs
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