Author

Rae Dorer

Defense Date

3-29-2005

Graduation Date

2005

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Charles F. Hanna

Committee Member

Mary F. Antolini

Keywords

recidivism, rehabilitation

Abstract

The goal of the Allegheny County Jail Project is to allow inmates to maintain social bonds by obtaining meaningful employment and reduce the rate of recidivism. The rates of recidivism were evaluated for the Allegheny County Jail Project and then compared to the rate of recidivism of the general population of the Allegheny County Jail to measure the success of the program. A population of 126 enrollees, the first and second year enrollees of the program combined, was selected for this evaluation from September 2001 to June 2003, and then a follow up of one year was conducted to find the impacts of demographic variables on participation in the program and recidivism. The initial tests found that there were several variables that had a relationship with recidivism. A final logistic regression test supported only two variables, termination and sex. In conclusion, it was found that the rate of recidivism was lower for the Allegheny County Jail Project than that of the general population. It was also found that those who completed the program were drastically less likely to recidivate than those who were non-positively terminated.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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