Alternatives to Incarceration Essay

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In 1996, Anderson and Dyson published a study to investigate boot camp success and offender risk assessment for CRIPP (Court Regimented Intensive Probation Program) participants. This study was conducted on 1225 male boot camp graduates. Logistic regression was used to determine which participants were more likely to reoffend after boot camp. Independent variables were recoded for the logistical regression model analysis used in this study. The effect of a prior felony conviction increases the probability of failure by a significant 27%. Those found to be most likely to recidivate are those who have prior felony convictions, prior drug offenses, prior personal offenses, prior misdemeanors, and be between the ages of 17-20. This …show more content…
The study found that more boot camp graduates successfully completed SIPP than other SIPP participants. More than 50% of non-boot camp graduate failed SIPP. Being employed was strongly correlated with success and decreased recidivism.

In 1998, Miller and Grossi published a study that assessed the educational gains of boot camp inmates. The sample for this study was comprised of 279 individuals who completed a pre and post TABE from 1993-1995. An overwhelming majority, 87% of the participants was male, and slightly more than half were white. Slightly less than half of the offenders had less than a high school education, and an amazing 40% of offenders were drug related. Pre and post reading levels using a paired-sample t-test analysis were used. They used an analysis of variance (ANOVA) to test for differences between the groups for the pre and post subject area tests. This study found that offenders who had less than a high school education were significantly lower than the scores for the offenders who had completed high school. It was noted that regardless of education levels, offenders that completed boot camp increased their math, reading, and language skills by at least one grade level. Minority offenders were likely to have lower pre and post test scores; however, they too improved their skills by the end of the boot camp program.

In 2003, Lattimore, Broner, Sherman, Frisman, and Shafer published a study comparing