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ERIC Number: ED141722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Halfway Houses: Phase I Summary Report. National Evaluation Program Series A, Number 11.
Seiter, Richard P.
This study of halfway houses is based on the review of 55 evaluations of house programs and the survey of an additional 153 programs. It describes the historical development of halfway houses, their current operations and provides a framework for reconciling theory and operations. A review of existing evaluations suggests some conclusions about halfway houses: (1) houses are as effective in preventing criminal behavior in the community as alternatives which involve community release; (2) the placement of a halfway house in a community neither increases crime nor decreases property values; (3) houses assist their clients in locating employment but not necessarily maintaining it; (4) houses are able to provide for the basic needs of their clients as well as other forms of release; (5) at full capacity, houses cost no more, and probably less, than incarceration, although they cost more than parole and outright release; (6) the available capacity of halfway houses is only partially utilized at present, thus driving up actual per diem costs; (7) and evaluations of halfway houses tend not to produce changes in actual house operations. (Author)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Programs, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Program Evaluation, Recidivism, Rehabilitation Centers, Research Projects, Therapeutic Environment
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.