Assessing MisconducPt on Correctional Treatment Units: Better Management or Better Inmates?

Erik F. Dietz, University of Delaware
Daniel J. O'Connell, University of Delaware
Frank Scarpitti, University of Delaware

Prior research has indicated that correctional treatment units may be a useful management tool for correctional administrators. Treatment units have significantly lower rates of official misconduct and grievances, and score better on correctional environment scales than general population units. What remains unanswered is whether the difference is attributable to the unit or the type of offender occupying the unit. Utilizing data from the Delaware Department of Corrections, this research attempts to add to the literature by testing whether difference in misconduct rates across treatment and general population units hold when controlling for background characteristics such as age, race, prior record and current offense. The research also tests whether offenders with a history of prison misconduct who enter treatment show a decline in "offending" compared to like situtated offenders who do not enter treatment. (This research was supported by NIDA grant DA06124 and by the NIJ Cooperative Agreement #97-RT-VX-K004).

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