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Evaluation of a Local Jail Training Program in Sacramento County, California, 1994-1995 (ICPSR 2582) RSS

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Summary:

This data collection represents a process and outcome evaluation of the Office Technology Training program at the Rio Consumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) in Sacramento County. RCCC is a county jail for prisoners sentenced up to one year in custody. The Office Technology Training program, one of several training programs for inmates at RCCC, was designed to familiarize students with the use of computers in an office or business setting and to provide specific instruction in several types of common office software, including word processing and desktop publishing. The purpose of the evaluation research was (1) to refine the process of determining what types of training should be funded and (2) to establish research-based evaluation protocols for local jail inmate training programs. Data were collected on participants in the Office Technology Training class, on a control group that matched the participants in terms of demographic characteristics, and on a smaller group of nonparticipants who had signed up for the training program but did not participate. Part 1, Treatment and Control Group Data, contains administrative and survey data on both the trainees and the control group, while Part 2, Nonparticipant Data, includes administrative and survey data on the inmates who registered for the training but did not participate in the program. The survey consisted of an evaluation form filled out by inmates who participated in the training at RCCC, indicating their prior experience with computers and software, evaluating the training they received, and assessing whether the new skills would be helpful in securing employment upon their release. Administrative records on all respondents (trainees, control, and nonparticipants) were collected from four sources: a supplemental form on inmates' employment, a probation report that provided personal and criminal histories, a risk assessment form, and a follow-up form completed by the probation officer within one week of the six-month anniversary of the inmate's release from RCCC. Variables from the supplemental form included employment type and wages. The probation report covered employment, education, military history, marital status, substance abuse, domestic violence, gang behavior, psychiatric history, child abuse history, and criminal histories as juveniles and adults. Data on attitude, alcohol and drug problems, number of felony convictions, probation periods and violations, types of offenses, and history of institutionalization were taken from the risk assessment form. The follow-up form gathered information on release, disciplinary actions at RCCC, opinions about the Office Technology Training program, substance abuse, new arrests and convictions, gang behavior, job training, employment type, hourly wage, job satisfaction, and use of computers on the job. Additional administrative records data on trainees and nonparticipants were gathered from the class registration form, including gender, education, birth date, ethnicity, language spoken, occupation, Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores, and class assignments. Other data on trainees came from an evaluation form filled out by the students' instructor upon their completion of the Office Technology class. It provided information on the behavior, attitude, and skills of the students.

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  • These data are freely available.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Treatment and Control Group Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
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DS2:  Nonparticipant Data - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

McConnell, Thomas. Evaluation of a Local Jail Training Program in Sacramento County, California, 1994-1995. ICPSR02582-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02582.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (93-IJ-CX-K021)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   computer literacy, correctional education, correctional facilities, ex-offender employment, inmate programs, jail inmates, outcome evaluation, probation, process evaluation, training

Geographic Coverage:   California, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1994-07-01--1995-07-01

Date of Collection:  

  • 1994-07-01--1995-07-01

Unit of Observation:   individuals

Universe:   All minimum security housing inmates at the Rio Consumnes Correctional Center in Sacramento County, California, in 1994.

Data Types:   administrative records data, survey data

Methodology

Study Purpose:   In October 1993, the California Board of Corrections and the federal National Institute of Justice (NIJ) entered into a cooperative agreement under NIJ's "State Evaluation Capacity Building Program" initiative. Under this initiative, the Board of Corrections proposed to conduct process and outcome evaluations of jail inmate training programs. The proposal resulted from the Board of Correction's newly-acquired responsibility to disseminate federal Perkins Act funds to local jurisdictions in California. The Perkins Act was established to fund local jail inmate training operations. The purpose of the evaluation research was (1) to refine the process of determining what types of training should be funded and (2) to establish research-based evaluation protocols for local jail inmate training programs. Researchers chose to evaluate the Office Technology Training program at the Rio Consumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) in Sacramento County. Researchers sought to answer the following questions: (1) To what extent do inmates who achieve a certificate of completion in at least one component of Office Technology Training differ in their institutional adjustment and post-release behavior from inmates who choose no training? (2) Does the training group achieve better results than the control group in the post-release setting with respect to institutional adjustment, employment, and legal behavior?

Study Design:   This project was designed as a process and outcome evaluation of job training programs for jail inmates in California. The first step was to decide which programs to evaluate. At the time the project began, the California Board of Corrections had funded three training programs. After an initial assessment of these programs, two of the three were disqualified for evaluation because: (1) the goals of the training program were not specifically stated, (2) class attendance was not recorded, (3) there was no tracking system for the inmates participating in the training, which inhibited the ability to monitor post-release status, and (4) it was difficult to obtain a reasonable control group. The result of the initial assessment was that the Rio Consumnes Correctional Center (RCCC), run by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, was the only feasible evaluation site. RCCC is a county jail for prisoners sentenced up to one year in custody. The training program at RCCC was operated by the Elk Grove Unified School District. While RCCC had several training programs, the one chosen for evaluation was the Office Technology Training program. This program was designed to familiarize students with the use of computers in an office or business setting and to provide specific instruction in several types of common office software, including word processing and desktop publishing. The program evaluation was conducted using administrative records data and a survey of program participants. Inmates who participated in the training at RCCC were asked to fill out an evaluation form indicating their prior experience with computers and software, evaluating the training they received, and assessing whether the new skills would be helpful in securing employment upon their release. Data were collected from participants of the Office Technology Training class, a control group that matched the participants in terms of demographic characteristics, and a smaller group of nonparticipants who had signed up for the training program but did not participate. Part 1, Treatment and Control Group Data, contains administrative and survey data on both the trainees and the control group, while Part 2, Nonparticipant Data, includes administrative and survey data on the inmates who registered for the training but did not participate in the program. Administrative records on all inmates (trainees, control, and nonparticipants) were collected from a supplemental form on inmates' employment, a probation report that provided personal and criminal histories, a risk assessment form, and a follow-up form completed by the probation officer within one week of the six-month anniversary of the inmate's release from RCCC. Additional administrative records data on trainees and nonparticipants were gathered from the class registration form, while other data on trainees came from an evaluation form completed by the students' instructor upon completion of the Office Technology class.

Sample:   Convenience sampling.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires and administrative records

Description of Variables:   Variables from the class registration form included gender, education, birth date, ethnicity, language spoken, occupation, Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores, and class assignments. The instructor's evaluation form provided information on the behavior, attitude, and skills of the students. Variables from the supplemental form included employment type and wages. The study evaluation form gathered information on previous computer training and students' evaluations of the Office Technology class. The probation report covered employment, education, military history, marital status, substance abuse, domestic violence, gang behavior, psychiatric history, child abuse history, and criminal histories as juveniles and adults. Data on attitude, alcohol and drug problems, number of felony convictions, probation periods and violations, types of offenses, and history of institutionalization were taken from the risk assessment form. The follow-up form gathered information on release, disciplinary actions at RCCC, opinions about the Office Technology Training program, substance abuse, new arrests and convictions, gang behavior, job training, employment type, hourly wage, job satisfaction, and use of computers on the job.

Response Rates:   Not applicable.

Presence of Common Scales:   Several Likert-type scales were used, as well as the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE).

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB2582.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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