ERIC Number: EJ949472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
An Evidence-Based Assessment of Faith-Based Programs: Do Faith-Based Programs "Work" to Reduce Recidivism?
Dodson, Kimberly D.; Cabage, Leann N.; Klenowski, Paul M.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v50 n6 p367-383 2011
Faith-based organizations administer many of the prison-based programs aimed at reducing recidivism. Many of these organizations also manage treatment programs for substance abusers, at-risk juveniles, and ex-offenders. Much of the research on religiosity and delinquency indicates that the two are inversely related. Therefore, it seems plausible that faith-based programs, which are rooted in religious organizations, may be effective tools for reducing deviant and criminal behavior. However, it is unclear whether the empirical evidence supports such a claim. This study is an evidence-based assessment of the effectiveness of faith-based programs for reducing recidivism. The results of this study indicate that faith-based programs "work" to reduce recidivism. Directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 1 note and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Recidivism, Substance Abuse, Correctional Institutions, Religious Organizations, Evidence, At Risk Persons, Delinquency, Religion, Program Effectiveness, Crime, Institutionalized Persons, Juvenile Justice
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