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Measuring Recidivism in Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections: A Comparison among Inmate Treatment Programs

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A popular method for determining the effectiveness of inmate treatment programs is by examining recidivism rates among program completers. Difficulties arise when comparing these rates; however, as the measures used to capture recidivism often differ by jurisdiction. To address this problem of inconsistency, the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) developed standard guidelines that all reporting agencies should follow when measuring recidivism.

This presentation will begin with a description about how Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections (PADOC) has adopted the ASCA guidelines and the impact that this has had on recidivism rates. Next, the presentation will track recidivism rates among inmates who completed various cognitive-behavioral programs in PADOC. Patterns among inmate demographic characteristics, offense category, and time at risk will be explored. Policy implications will be discussed.
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Flaherty, Robert., Antonio, Michael. and Young, Jacqueline. "Measuring Recidivism in Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections: A Comparison among Inmate Treatment Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371757_index.html>

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Flaherty, R. , Antonio, M. E. and Young, J. L. , 2009-11-04 "Measuring Recidivism in Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections: A Comparison among Inmate Treatment Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371757_index.html

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Abstract: A popular method for determining the effectiveness of inmate treatment programs is by examining recidivism rates among program completers. Difficulties arise when comparing these rates; however, as the measures used to capture recidivism often differ by jurisdiction. To address this problem of inconsistency, the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) developed standard guidelines that all reporting agencies should follow when measuring recidivism.

This presentation will begin with a description about how Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections (PADOC) has adopted the ASCA guidelines and the impact that this has had on recidivism rates. Next, the presentation will track recidivism rates among inmates who completed various cognitive-behavioral programs in PADOC. Patterns among inmate demographic characteristics, offense category, and time at risk will be explored. Policy implications will be discussed.


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