ERIC Number: ED117144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
MAP Markers: Research and Evaluation of the Mutual Agreement Program. Resource Document No. 5.
Robison, James O.
This report is an evaluation, using randomized experimental/control design, of a program involving negotiated contractual agreements (MAP) between prisoners and parole boards for specific parole dates contingent on performance in work, training and treatment activities. Contracts were generally for less than six months. Both feasibility and effectiveness of the model were analyzed. Reasonably high levels of acceptance were found among both prisoners and correctional officials in Wisconsin and Arizona; but in California, where the model involved direct release to a community correctional center, administrative obstacles hindered full implementation. Contract cancellations were almost always the result of disciplinary infractions rather than failure to satisfy work or training requirements; prisoner-initiated withdrawals were rare. At release, prisoners judged that MAP had provided them greatest service through more certainty of release, facilitating planning outside prison, and the opportunity for earlier release, but that MAP had made less substantial differences in improving staff interest, access to prison programs, or operation of those programs. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: American Correctional Association, College Park, MD. Parole-Corrections Project.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Wisconsin