Analysis of Recidivism Rates for Participants of the Academic/Vocational/Transition Education Programs Offered by the Virginia Department of Correctional Education

Hull, Kim A.; Forrester, Stewart; Brown, James; Jobe, David; McCullen, Charles
June 2000
Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2000, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p256
Academic Journal
The following report is an analysis of statistical analysis on program completers of various academic, vocational, and transitional programs offered by the Virginia Department of Correctional Education (DCE) to the inmate population within the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC). This study was initiated by the superintendent of the Department of Correctional Education and was designed to assess the impact of DCE programs on recidivism. The sample three thousand records (N=3,000) of men and women released during the period 1979-1984 was examined with regards to involvement in educational programs while incarcerated and post-release incarnation within the Virginia Department of Corrections and employment status while on parole/ probation. Findings suggest that completion of an educational program while incarcerated may be positively and directly related to post-release community adjustment.


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