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Earl R. Babbie
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Textbook Problem

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons engages in evaluation research regarding various aspects of prison operations. Locate one of their studies on the web and write a short summary of the study design and the findings.

Summary Introduction

Introduction:

Quality of Operations at Private and Public Prisons: Using Trends in Inmate Misconduct to Compare Prisons, a study made for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is a flawed study. Only one low-security private prison was included in the study, while all federal prisons provided data. The study compared rates of violent and drug misconduct committed by inmates over a three year period.

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The study, Quality of Operations at Private and Public Prisons: Using Trends in Inmate Misconduct to Compare Prisons, commissioned by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, was designed poorly and found predictable results. The study was meant to compare the rates of violent misconduct and drug use in private and federal prisons in order to inform policy decisions going forward. The study only included one private prison, however, and that one was a low-security operation...

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