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NCJ Number: 67703 Find in a Library
Title: MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - GUIDES FOR BETTER LIVING EVALUATION
Corporate Author: Minnesota Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Minnesota Dept of Corrections
St Paul, MN 55108-5219
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
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS FOLLOWUP STUDY COMPARED MINNESOTA STATE PRISON (MSP) INMATES WHO TOOK A 'GUIDES FOR BETTER LIVING' COURSE WITH MSP INMATES WHO DID NOT TAKE THE COURSE.
Abstract: RESEARCHERS RECORDED ALL NEW COURT COMMITMENTS AND RETURNS FOR REVOCATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR 169 MEN WHO TOOK THE COURSE AND WERE RELEASED AND FOR 288 OF THOSE RELEASED SINCE 1972 WHO CHOSE NOT TO TAKE THE COURSE. THE COURSE FOCUSED ON GOALS, GOAL SETTING, AND MOTIVATION. THE TWO GROUPS WERE SIMILAR IN AGE AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND. PERCENTAGED FOR OFFENSE TYPE WERE ALSO SIMILAR FOR THE TWO GROUPS. THE COURSE GRADUATED HAS FEWER PAROLE REVOCATIONS AND WERE LESS LIKELY TO RETURN WITH A NEW SENTENCE THAN THE OTHER GROUP. HOWEVER, THE STUDY CONCLUDED THAT PARTICIPATION IN THE COURSE DID NOT NECESSARILY ACCOUNT FOR THE GRADUATES' LOWER RECIDIVISM RATE. OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WERE THE MOTIVATION OF COURSE PARTICIPANTS AND LIMITATIONS OF THE SAMPLE GROUP STUDIED. TABLES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Corrections statistics; Inmate academic education; Inmate Programs; Inmates; Minnesota; Recidivism; Revocation
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