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Pub. Type:
Public Protection
Subtitle/Series Name:
Minnesota Community Corrections Act Evaluation, Technical Report
Pub. Date:
Samples of adult offenders in each geographic area in which the law was implemented were studied using a pretest-posttest design. Juvenile arrest rates were also used to indicate the law's impact on public protection. During both the short and the long-term, the data on adult offenders indicated that public protection was maintained, although it was not improved. The relative size of a county's community-treated offender population tended to increase after entry into the community corrections programs, but this increase did not threaten public safety. The lack of adequate indicators and followups prevented the determination of the law's effect on the quality of rehabilitation. For juvenile offenders, the increase in arrest rates in counties participating in the law appeared to be somewhat greater than that found in other counties. The law had only a minor impact on the numbers of offenders shifted from prison to community treatment, since the geographic areas studied have traditionally treated the majority of their felons in the community. The finding that the law does not improve public protection does not imply that the majority of felons who have always been given community sanctions could be equally rehabilitated in prison. source
NCJ 86166
United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production:
Washington, DC

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