Preventing Parolee Crime Program: A Prospective Study of Selected California Parole Programs

Christiana M. Drake, University of California, Davis
Juanjuan Fan, University of California, Davis
Richard Levine, University of California, Davis
Garen Wintemute, University of California, Davis

The Preventing Parolee Crime Program consists of five programs thought to counteract the negative effects substance abuse, low educational levels and joblessness are thought to have on successful completion of parole. The programs are substance abuse treatment programs (residential and outpatient), computerized literacy centers, employment services and residential multi-services. parolees may receive services on demand, on recommendation by a parole agent and as an alternative to return to custody. The current evaluation compares the parole experience in four prospectively sampled cohorts of parolees: parolees released to parole units without programs, parolees released to parole units with programs, parolees already enrolled in programs and two comparison groups for parolees already enrolled in programs. One comparison group is a concurrent group of parolees with a similar parole and criminal history but from parole units without programs, the other group consists of a historical cohort from the same units as the parolees in programs. Outcomes studied include return to custody, types of crimes committed and substance abuse while on parole among others. Survival analysis and other regression models are employed in studying outcomes. Aspects of study design will also be discussed.

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