Recidivism Rates for Two Education Programs' Graduates Compared to Overall Washington State Rates

Kelso, Jr., Charles E.
June 2000
Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2000, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p233
Academic Journal
In 1993 the Washington State Department of Corrections Planning and Research Office reported statewide recidivism rates for all inmates released from a state prison facility between 1985 and 1987 who had been released for a full five years. This report created an opportunity for researchers to conduct studies based on educational program completion using the same definitions and data-collection techniques. Two Washington State correctional educators collected and reported data from their respective programs. Recidivism rates for graduates from the Garrett Heyns Education Center and the Twin Rivers Education Center are compared to the state-wide rates reported by the Department of Corrections. The comparisons yielded significant improvements in recidivism rates where exposure to educational programs was extensive enough for individuals to earn diplomas and certificates from their respective schools. INSET: MARY CARPENTER'S REPOT ON PERSONALITY IN PRISON MANAGEMENT.


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