ERIC Number: ED302315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Recidivism Study: Positive Terminations from J. F. Ingram State Technical College, 1976-1986.
Cogburn, Helen E.
In 1988, a study was conducted by the J. F. Ingram State Technical College (ISTC) to determine recidivism rates for incarcerated individuals who earned a diploma and/or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate at ISTC during the years 1976 through 1986. The identification numbers of 2,844 students who had completed programs at ISTC were checked against current Alabama Department of Corrections records to identify students who had graduated and not returned to prison (non-recidivists); graduated and returned to prison on a new conviction (recidivists); and graduated but were still incarcerated. Study findings included the following: (1) of the 2,844 students included in the study, 1,182 earned diplomas, 284 earned both diplomas and GED certificates, and 1,378 earned GED certificates only; (2) 69.7% of the program completers were non-recidivists, 10.8% were recidivists, and 19.5% were still incarcerated; (3) recidivism rates were 12.9% for GED recipients, 13.3% for diploma recipients, and 16.9% for those who earned both a GED and a diploma; and (4) staff observations indicated that students who stayed in school only long enough to earn a GED were younger, initially better educated, and tended to be serving shorter sentences for less serious crimes than the students who remained in school through GED and two-year diploma training. Study findings supported the role of ISTC in reducing recividism. (AAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: J. F. Ingram State Technical Coll., Deatsville, AL.