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Colorado’s Community Corrections Programs: Program Termination Rates and the Impact of the Getting It Right Program
by Otten, Kathryn , Psy.D., Ashford University, 2020, 188; 28002668
Abstract (Summary)

Colorado’s community corrections programs should provide a unique step-down opportunity for offenders (inmates) transitioning from prison into the community, and/or an intermediary step-up for offenders (probationers) as an alternative to prison. The problem is almost 60% of offenders entering Colorado’s community corrections programs terminate before they complete the program.

This general qualitative study sought to identify the underlying program, system, and resource barriers that led to the high negative program termination rates of offenders living in Jefferson County’s community corrections facility, from the participant’s perspective. It also identified the factors that contributed to the high program completion rates of offenders enrolled in the “Getting it Right (GIT)” program: A pilot program conducted inside the Jefferson County community corrections facility. Study participants were seven of the original 73 GIT program participants, not under the supervision of Jefferson County and were living in a community.

The data analysis produced two main themes: factors for program failure within Jefferson County’s community corrections facilities, and factors that contributed to success within the GIT program. The sub-themes for program barriers: (a)culture, leadership, and money; (b) limited assistance for community corrections residents; (c) restricting policies and structures; and (d) individual mindset. The sub-themes program success factors: (a) culture and leadership; (b) funding, resources and employee assistance; (c) social and emotional support; and (d) education and society transition. This study suggests changes in operations of community corrections programs may increase program success rates. The study addresses a current gap in the literature by addressing the factors that contribute to program failures in Colorado community corrections.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Castleberry, James
Commitee: Fowler, Rollen, Zorn-Arnold, Barbara
School: Ashford University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Sociology, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Community Corrections, Halfway Houses, Offenders, Prison Transition, Recidivism, Reentry, Colorado
Publication Number: 28002668
ISBN: 9798635200230
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