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NCJ Number: 98844 Find in a Library
Title: Institutional Misconduct - The Effects of the UVIC (University of Victoria) Program at Matsqui Penitentiary
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1985)  Pages:209-225
Author(s): P Gendreau; R R Ross; R Izzo
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: An evaluation of the effectiveness of a Canadian university-sponsored humanities program on inmates' institutional misconduct found that the program had negligible effects on positive or negative misconduct.
Abstract: Since 1972, the University of Victoria (UVIC) has provided university-level courses to prisoners at Matsqui Penitentiary and other institutions in British Columbia. A series of five studies evaluated the program. Study 1 compared misconduct rates at Matsqui Penitentiary for the year preceding the program and the year following the program's initiation. Study 2 examined the program's impact only on those prisoners who participated in it; this study had three substudies. Study 3 compared UVIC program participants' misconduct with that of participants in other institutional programs. Study 4 examined the misconduct rates of UVIC participants as a function of the extent of their exposure to the program. Study 5 revealed that there was no statistically significant change in the pattern or type of misconducts earned by UVIC subjects over time. Factors contributing to the null results are considered. One data table and 15 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Arraignment; Behavior patterns; British Columbia; Inmate academic education; Inmate discipline
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