Does Program Integrity Matter: Examining the Relationship Between the Quality of Correctional Programing and Outcome

Edward J. Latessa, University of Cincinnati
Christopher T. Lowenkamp, University of Cincinnati

ABSTRACT
This paper will examine the relationship between program integrity and recidivism by examining the results from the largest study of halfway houses and residential correctional programs ever conducted. In order to address this important issue two basic types of information will be examined. First, nearly 60 residential correctional agencies (halfway houses and community based correctional facilities will assessed on dimension of program quality. Second, recidivism rates for each program will be determined by tracking all offenders served by these facilities in 1999. This study sets out to address two related questions: Is there a relationship between program integrity and outcome? And if so, can the characteristics of program integrity be identified? In this research, program effectiveness is defined by the actual reduction in recidivism noted between the experimental groups of these sixty programs and matched control groups. Over 13,000 offenders are included in this sample.

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