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NCJ Number: 78248 Find in a Library
Title: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Community Corrections in Connecticut
Author(s): A Vilinsky; G S Funke; B L Wayson
Corporate Author: Institute for Economic and Policy Studies, Inc
Correctional Economics Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: Connecticut Criminal Justice Cmssn
Hartford, CT 06115
Connecticut Criminal Justice Education Ctr, Inc
Hartford, CT 06103
Institute for Economic and Policy Studies, Inc
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings and recommendations are reported from a cost-effectiveness analysis of 35 privately operated community corrections programs in Connecticut.
Abstract: In the 6 months from February through July, 1980, the network of privately operated residential and nonresidential programs delivered job placement, training, counseling, and similar services to over 1,200 clients. Participants were generally white, unmarried males under age 25, without a high school education, and needing employment, housing, and mental health services. About 283 persons favorably or unfavorably completed their participation, and the remainder were still enrolled as of July 31, 1980. Counseling was the most frequent type of service delivered, but residential agencies provided more units of all services per client than nonresidential agencies programs. Service unit costs were $77 and $131 for residential and nonresidential programs, respectively. The recommendations address programmatic matters such as the relationships between client needs, services provided, and outcomes. Procedural recommendations suggest improvements in the process and coordination of service provision. Specifically, agency procedures should ensure that the services delivered are related to client needs; that data collection and testing procedures of services effectiveness are implemented; that recordkeeping practices, management information systems, and other summary data accurately reflect staff workload; that treatment plans for clients outline number, type, and duration of services; and that needs assessment and referral practices ensure the placement of clients in the most suitable programs. General policy issues are also discussed. Appended are forms used and data obtained from the analysis, along with sample contracts with the agencies evaluated. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult); Community-based corrections (juvenile); Connecticut; Contract corrections services; Cost/Benefit Analysis
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