Defense Date

3-30-2007

Graduation Date

2007

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

Norman Conti

Keywords

education, prisons, recidivism, social learning theory

Abstract

This study utilizes logistic regression techniques to investigate the effect of prison education program participation on recidivism rates. I tested the hypothesis that inmates who actively participate in educational programs have a lower likelihood of being reconvicted. The purpose of this study is to help identify correctional programs that have a positive impact on recidivism, to then suggest policies that are directed at rehabilitating inmates and, ultimately, to reduce recidivism rates.

I used pre-existing data from reputable sources so I did not have to survey inmates. The initial tests found that there were several variables that had a relationship with recidivism. The logistic regression test showed that inmates who participate in prison educational programs are less likely to be reconvicted upon release from prisons than those who participate in both educational courses and vocational training.

Recommendations that result from this finding include an increase in the number and quality of educational programs in prisons. One hopes that these recommendations will help decrease the number of people who violate the law upon their re-entry into society.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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