CJ research design - The purpose of this study is to...

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The purpose of this study is to determine if substance abuse treatments, or specifically the Texas in-prison therapeutic community (ITC), reduced recidivism among inmates. The research hypothesis is that substance abuse treatments do decrease recidivism. The null hypothesis is that substance abuse treatments do not decrease recidivism. Before the actual research is to begin, it is necessary to gain some insight into the ITC program. The Texas ITC is operated in Kyle and is physically separate from the prison population in Texas. Those approved for the program must be eligible for parole and meet other criteria set by a parole board. The ITC program lasts a minimum of nine months and a maximum of eighteen months. Once the offender has completed the program, he is paroled and transferred to a community based residential aftercare program and later admitted into outpatient counseling. Data for the Analysis : The primary data source is prison records. This information is collected and compiled by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The research will include those inmates who participated or were referred to the program in August 2002, and those who participated in the substance abuse program will graduate in April 2003. Follow-ups on these inmate participants will be conducted at a year, three years, five years, and ten years later. These follow-ups are crucial in determining if the program was a continuous success in reducing recidivism. Sample : The sample frame in this study is the Texas prison population. The sample of interest is those inmates with reported drug and/or alcohol problems. In order for this study to be potentially representative of the Texas prison population, oversampling will be utilized. Permission from TDCJ is needed in order to obtain this sample of potential subjects. The Texas ITC facility has a maximum of five hundred available spaces. This number may or may not be representative of the total inmate population with substance abuse problems. In addition, the final number of inmate participants depends on the total number of inmates recommended and/or 1
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approved for the program. The number of inmates who give their consent further determines this number. Therefore, the sample may be remarkably smaller than anticipated. Until this information is reported; however, both the control group and the experimental group will consist of five hundred inmates. Due to the large concentration of males in the prison population, all inmate participants will be male. Although there are female prisoners, they are too few in number; therefore, it would be too difficult to measure this number accurately in a representative setting. The experimental group consists of those inmates who were approved by the parole board to enter into the substance abuse program. The control, or comparison, group consists of
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2011 for the course CJ 478 taught by Professor Ren during the Fall '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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