ERIC Number: ED416406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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The Impact of Receiving a General Equivalency Diploma while Incarcerated on the Rate of Recidivism.
Lanaghan, Patrick, Comp.
The effect of receipt of a General Educational Development (GED) certificate during incarceration on former inmates' rates of recidivism was examined by studying a group of 110 individuals who had been incarcerated in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center (EOCC) and were released during fiscal year 1995. Of the 110 individuals, 21 had obtained a GED while at EOCC, 30 participated in GED training but did not complete the program, and 59 did not participate in GED training. Of the 110, the following were classified as maximum risk: 15 of the GED recipients, 17 of the noncompleters, and 34 of the nonparticipants. Rates of recidivism among the three subgroups were determined by monitoring all 110 individuals' files for up to 24 months after their release from EOCC. Of the 21 residents who earned a GED, 6 have been incarcerated for technical violations of probation (a 29% recidivism rate). Only 5 of the maximum risk GED recipients were reincarcerated. No GED completer has committed a new felony offense. Of the 30 GED noncompleters, 9 were incarcerated for technical violations of probation and 2 were incarcerated for new felony offenses--including 8 of the maximum risk group (a 37% recidivism rate). Of the 59 GED nonparticipants, 10 were incarcerated for technical violations of probation and 6 were incarcerated for new felony offenses--15 of whom were maximum risk (a 28% recidivism rate). (The paper contains 20 references. The Wisconsin Risk/Needs Assessment is appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests