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Title: COMMUNITY DIVERSION CENTERS - EVALUATION - THIRD ANNUAL, FISCAL YEAR 1977-1978
Author(s): R L OKPARA; G T FLOWERS
Corporate Author: Georgia Dept of Offender Rehabilitation
Office of Research and Evaluation
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 98
Sponsoring Agency: Georgia Dept of Offender Rehabilitation
Atlanta, GA 30308
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 77A-13-001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: GEORGIA'S DIVERSION CENTERS ARE EVALUATED AS ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION FOR NONVIOLENT AND NON-SEX-RELATED OFFENDERS.
Abstract: SPECIFIC PROBLEMS ADDRESSED BY THIS THIRD ANNUAL EVALUATION, FOR FISCAL YEAR 1977-78, FOCUS ON DETERMINING WHETHER MANAGEMENT OF THE PROGRAM IS CONSISTENT, UNIFIED, AND DIRECTED TOWARD THE ACHIEVEMENT OF CLEAR AND AUTHORITATIVE GOALS. DATA WERE COLLECTED BY INTERVIEWS, QUESTIONNAIRES, AND FILES FROM CENTER PERSONNEL AND FROM RESIDENTS. ISSUES DESCRIBED INCLUDE THE ADEQUACY OF THE STAFF, STAFF ORIENTATION PROCEDURES, TREATMENT QUALITIES, CLIENT INTAKE PROCEDURES, AND TREATMENT STAFF CASELOAD SIZE. INTERVIEWS WITH DIVERSION CENTER RESIDENTS ON VARIOUS MATTERS OF CENTER OPERATION ARE SUMMARIZED. SEVERAL OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS WERE EXPERIENCED IN THE DIVERSION CENTERS. THESE INCLUDED STAFF SHORTAGES, LACK OF CLEARLY DEFINED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, LOW COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AND FRAGMENTED FOLLOWUP SERVICES. SUCCESS LEVELS ACHIEVED WERE AT OR NEAR ANNUAL PROJECTIONS. SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES WERE TRACKED FOR EMPLOYMENT AND REARREST STATUS. EMPLOYMENT DATA REVEALED THAT 58 PERCENT WERE EMPLOYED; REARREST DATA REVEALED A 1-YEAR ARREST RATE OF 34.9 PERCENT. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT GEORGIA IS MAKING PROGRESS WITH ITS DIVERSION PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, MUCH NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THE WAY IN WHICH THE PROGRAM IS CONCEPTUALIZED. TWENTY-EIGHT TABLES PROVIDE DATA ABOUT ENROLLMENTS, ABSCONDING RATES, REVOCATION RATES, SUCCESSFUL COMPLETIONS OF PROGRAMS, RESIDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT, AND RELATED MATTERS.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (adult); Evaluation; Georgia (USA); Inmate Programs
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