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NCJ Number: 69428 Find in a Library
Title: COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS FOR THE STATE OF COLORADO - EVALUATION
Author(s): L WINTERFIELD
Corporate Author: Office of Research and Evaluation
Colorado Department of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Research and Evaluation
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Publication Number: 80-4
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE STUDY EVALUATES COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS IN COLORADO FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1978-79 WITH REGARD TO THE PROGRAM TYPES, THE CLIENT CHARACTERISTICS, AND THE PROGRAM OUTCOMES.
Abstract: FUNDING FOR DIVERSION AND TRANSITIONAL COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS HAS INCREASED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, PROVIDING ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION AND REINTEGRATION SERVICES. THE STUDY COLLECTED DATA ON COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS CLIENTS (DIVERSIONAL AND TRANSITIONAL) SERVED DURING THE STUDY PERIOD AND ON A COMPARISON GROUP OF PROBATIONERS AND PAROLEES PLACED UNDER SUPERVISION AT THE SAME TIME. THE DATA INCLUDED INTAKE INFORMATION, RATINGS OF CLIENT NEEDS, AND TERMINATION DATES. FINDINGS SHOWED THAT ALL COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS IN COLORADO WERE CONCERNED WITH JOB PLACEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT. RESIDENTIAL DIVERSION CLIENTS WERE SHOWN TO HAVE A MORE EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL RECORD, A GREATER SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM, AND GREATER LIKELIHOOD TO BE UNEMPLOYED AT ARREST THAN THE PROBATION GROUP. THESE FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT THE RESIDENTIAL DIVERSION PROGRAMS ARE RECEIVING CLIENTS WITH MORE SEVERE NEEDS. THOSE CLIENTS GOING DIRECTLY FROM INSTITUTIONS TO PAROLE ARE IN MORE NEED OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES THAN THE TRANSITION GROUP. OVER 50 PERCENT OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CLIENTS WERE SUCCESSFUL AS DEFINED BY TERMINATION OF FIELD SUPERVISION. THERE WAS NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROGRAM SIZE AND DIFFERENT TREATMENT MILIEUS, BUT THE LARGER PROGRAMS DID SHOW THE MOST FAVORABLE OUTCOMES. THE STAFF RATED THE PROGRAMS MORE HIGHLY THAN THE CLIENTS. SINCE THE DIVERSION SAMPLE DID SHOW DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS THAN THE PROBATION GROUP, DIVERSION APPEARS TO BE FUNCTIONING AS AN ALTERNATIVE DIFFERENT FROM PROBATION. HOWEVER, THE PAROLE SAMPLE GROUP DEMONSTRATED MORE POTENTIAL NEEDS THAN THE TRANSITIONAL GROUP. PRIORITY SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PLACED ON JOBS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING. EVALUATION OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS SHOULD BE CONTINUOUS, AND TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS SHOULD BE ANALYZED IN TERMS OF IMPACT ON RECIVIDISM. TABLES AND CHARTS ARE INCLUDED THROUGHOUT.
Index Term(s): Colorado; Community-based corrections (adult); Drug abuse; Ex-offender employment; Program evaluation; Social reintegration
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