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NCJ Number: NCJ 235890     Find in a Library
Title: Reconsidering the Project Greenlight Intervention: Why Thinking About Risk Matters
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Author(s): James A. Wilson ; Christine Zozula
  Journal: NIJ Journal  Issue:268  Dated:October 2011  Pages:10 to 15
Date Published: 10/2011
Page Count: 6
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This article, Reconsidering the Project Greenlight Intervention: Why Thinking About Risk Matters, presents a new evaluation of the project’s data to more fully understand why the project failed to live up to its expectations.
Abstract: This article presents the results of a new evaluation of Project Greenlight, a cognitive-behavioral program aimed at reducing recidivism rates among offenders in New York State. The original evaluation of Project Greenlight examined the effectiveness of the program on recidivism rates of offenders 12 months after their completion of the program. The evaluation found that Greenlight participants had higher rates of arrests and parole revocations compared to offenders who received standard prerelease programming or no prerelease programming at all. This current study re-evaluated Project Greenlight, this time examining the data over a 30-month period, instead of the initial 12-month period. The new evaluation found that at 30 months, only 20 percent of offenders with a low-risk level for reoffending were rearrested, compared to 56 percent of offenders with a medium-risk level and 76 percent of offenders with a high-risk level of reoffending. These findings suggest that low-risk offenders are more likely to benefit from the intensity of the Greenlight program, and that this and other factors should be taken into account when placing individuals in the program. 1 exhibit, 1 figure, and 4 notes
Main Term(s): Recidivists
Index Term(s): Recidivism ; Post-release programs ; Adjustment to release ; Recidivism causes ; Inmate release plans
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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