BOOT CAMP PRISONS AND RECIDIVISM IN EIGHT STATES

DORIS LAYTON MACKENZIE, ROBERT BRAME, DAVID McDOWALL, CLAIRE SOURYAL

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Abstract

Recidivism reduction is an important objective of many correctional programs. Recent survey data suggest that boot camp prisons (also referred to as shock incarceration programs) are no exception. In this study, we examine recidivism among boot camp completers in eight states during community supervision. We then assess these recidivism patterns in light of how one or more comparison groups in each state perform. For most states, two or more recidivism measures (such as arrest and revocation) are employed. The analysis suggests that those who complete boot camp do not inevitably perform either better or worse than their comparison group counterparts. Rather, program effectiveness has to be judged on a state‐bystate basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-358
Number of pages32
JournalCriminology
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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