Individual Difference and Attitude4 Change: A National Evaluation of Juvenile Boot Camps and Juvenile Correctional Facilities. Does Race Matter?

David Bierie, University of Maryland at College Park
Doris Layton MacKenzie, University of Maryland at College Park

ABSTRACT
The burgeoning prison populations of the US have resulted in a need for alternative, more effective, and more efficient sanctions for prison bound offenders. Some advocate correctional boot camps to fill this role. This paper examines the argument by comparing the rates of attitude change in eight boot camps and eight traditional-confinement facilities. Further, the impact of race on adjustment, perception, and change is analyzed. This paper utilizes categorical and continuous measures of attitude change in a multivariate analysis of perception, adjustment, and change.

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