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“Systematic Reviews and Cost-Benefit Analyses of Correctional Interventions”

Farrington, David P.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) The Prison Journal. 81(3): 339-359

Systematic reviews and cost-benefit analyses of correctional interventions are important
topics in corrections in the 21st century. Systematic reviews include explicit
objectives, explicit criteria for including or excluding evaluation studies, exhaustive
searches for eligible studies, and a structured and detailed report. The Campbell Collaboration
Crime and Justice Group will prepare, maintain, and make accessible systematic
reviews of the effects of criminological interventions. Systematic reviews
show that correctional programs are generally effective in reducing reoffending. A
small number of cost-benefit analyses show that the financial benefits of correctional
programs often exceed their financial costs.


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