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ERIC Number: EJ974799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Rehabilitation through the Arts: Impact on Participants' Engagement in Educational Programs
Halperin, Ronnie; Kessler, Suzanne; Braunschweiger, Dana
Journal of Correctional Education, v63 n1 p6-23 Apr 2012
Educational achievement has been shown to be negatively correlated with recidivism among those released from prison (Nuttall, Hollmen, and Staley, 2003). The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a prison art rehabilitation program, Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), on inmate participation in voluntary educational programs. RTA participants were compared to a sample of incarcerated men matched on age, ethnicity, crime, date of entry into prison, time served, and earliest release date. Data analyses revealed that (1)there was a trend towards more RTA participants completing educational degrees beyond the GED while in the custody of the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) than those in the comparison group, 2 (2) = 5.465, p = 0.065; (2) RTA participants spent about the same proportion of time engaged in GED programs as the comparisons, but less time after joining RTA, F(1,56) = 4.110, p = 0.047; and (3) RTA participants who entered DOCS with a high school diploma spent proportionally more time engaged in college programs, but only after joining RTA, than the comparisons, F(1,32) = 5.457, p = 0.026. Arts programs may motivate those with long sentences to pursue educational degrees. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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