ERIC Number: ED326737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of a Sample of Offenders Who Earned High School Equivalency Diplomas while Incarcerated.
New York State Dept. of Correctional Services, Albany.
The recidivism rate of a sample of offenders in New York State who had earned a high school equivalency diploma while incarcerated was examined. The study involved all Department of Correctional Services facilities and tracked all offenders who earned a General Educational Development (GED) diploma while incarcerated and who were released in 1986 or 1987. It tracked 4,226 offenders. A comparison group was composed of 11,294 offenders released in these 2 years who were received with less than a high school education and who did not earn a GED while incarcerated. All 15,520 cases were tracked for 17 to 42 months from their respective release dates. The offenders who earned a GED returned at a considerably lower rate (34 percent) than those offenders who did not earn a GED (39.1 percent). A chi square test showed that this difference was statistically significant and not attributable to chance. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Dept. of Correctional Services, Albany.
Identifiers: General Educational Development Tests; New York