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NCJ Number: 82473 Find in a Library
Title: Follow-Up Survey of Post-Release Criminal Behavior of Paricipants in Family Reunion Program
Author(s): D G MacDonald; D Kelly
Corporate Author: New York State Dept of Correctional Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Dept of Correctional Services
Albany, NY 12226
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: This survey examines the postrelease criminal behavior of offenders participating in the Family Reunion Program devised by the New York State Department of Correctional Services.
Abstract: The program's basic goal is to enable eligible inmates and their families to meet in private on the grounds of the correctional facility for extended periods of time. As of February 1980, a total of 540 program participants had been released. Of these 540, only 4 percent (20) had been returned to the department's custody by February 1980 with a new sentence or by the parole board for a rule violation. The number of program participants returned was about 67 percent less than the expected number, based on the overall return rate. This finding indicates that the program is appropriately directed toward an area that appears to reduce criminal recidivism. Tables and an appended explanation of the program's operations are included. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Conjugal visits; Correctional institutions (adult); Families of inmates; Inmate visits; New York; State correctional facilities
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