Shock incarceration and positive adjustment during community supervision

Doris Layton Mackenzie, Robert Brame

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This study examines the adjustment of offenders from shock incarceration programs (boot-camp prisons) during community supervision over a 1-year followup period in five states. Their performance is compared to comparison groups who were eligible for the shock program but did not attend. An index was used to quantify the positive activities of offenders. The results provide little conclusive evidence that the shock incarceration programs had a positive effect on offender behavior. The data do suggest that supervision intensity plays an important role in shaping offenders' activities during community supervision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-142
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Quantitative Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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