ERIC Number: ED339778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Unlocking Learning: Chapter 1 in Correctional Facilities. Longitudinal Study Findings: National Study of the ECIA Chapter 1 Neglected or Delinquent Program.
LeBlanc, Linda A.; Ratnofsky, Alexander
Part of a 3-year study of the Chapter 1 Neglected or Delinquent (Chapter 1 N or D) Program providing compensatory education services to youth in state-operated juvenile and adult correctional facilities, this report presents findings of a longitudinal component designed to assess prerelease services and postrelease experiences. Participants in the Chapter 1 N or D Programs were followed for 10 months after they were contacted during facility site visits. Initial interviews collected baseline data and two follow-up interviews occurred at 5-month intervals. The study began with 670 youths. By the end of data collection, 337 youths continued to participate with 40 percent released and 60 percent not. The data indicate that most participants were male, black, from urban areas, from single parent households, and had an average age of 18 years; most had an educational achievement level of grade 9. Most youths receive some prerelease services that they generally find useful. Postrelease, half of the participants returned to school, most returned to the same environment they knew before, and most found or looked for work primarily at low paying, low stability jobs. By the second interview, 90 percent of released participants had held more than one job and 40 percent had experienced further problems with the law. Included are 16 tables, 11 figures, 6 references, and 2 appendixes containing methodology of the study and calculation of sample weights. (JB)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Correctional Education, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Employment Patterns, Federal Programs, Individual Characteristics, Institutionalized Persons, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Recidivism, Reentry Students, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Research and Training Associates, Inc., Overland Park, KS.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Hawkins Stafford Act 1988