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NCJ Number: 90731 Find in a Library
Title: Occupational Training in the Correctional Setting and Recidivism Among Youths Leaving Prison
Journal: Revue de science criminelle et de droit penal compare  Issue:3  Dated:(July-September 1981)  Pages:653-664
Author(s): M Fize
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: To examine the effects of vocational education received during imprisonment on subsequent recidivism, this research studied inmates of a French juvenile-young adult correctional institution noted for its vocational programing.
Abstract: Subjects included 323 inmates who did not participate in the training program and 106 who received apprenticeship instruction in some skilled occupation. Most subjects were aged under 25, born in the Paris metropolitan region, of French nationality, and committed for a theft offense. While parole was initially granted to 25 percent of those in the training program, only 14 percent of the others obtained early release, indicating that program participation was valued as a sign of good behavior. The two groups did not differ in their basic characteristics. From 4 to 5 years after release, court records were examined to ascertain recidivism of the subjects. Of the total 429, 251 (58.5 percent) has recidivated; 67 of those had participated in the vocational training. It is concluded that vocational training is not a significant deterrent to recidivism. Tabular data and footnotes are provided.
Index Term(s): France; Recidivism; Vocational training
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