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The Impact of Community Service Work on Adult State Prisoners Using a Restorative Justice Framework

Wilkinson, Reginald A
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Ed.D. dissertation, Department of Educational Foundation, College of Education, University of Cincinnati.

This study is an analysis of the impact of community service work assignment on recidivism of Ohio adult state prisoners. The primary research question posed asks, do prisoners who participate in community service work return to prison less often than those who did not have any community service work experience? The other three research questions ask: does it make a difference with respect to the number of hours of community service work an inmate might accumulate; does participation in community service makes a difference in terms of the length of time between release and return to prison; and lastly, do community service participants return to prison for less serious violations compared to offenders who do not participate in community service work? The restorative justice paradigm is the theoretical underpinning for this research. This restorative model stresses community participation, victim reparation, and offender rehabilitation as a holistic approach to crime prevention and community/victim restoration. This study furthermore proposes that the educational foundations philosophy supports the restorative justice model because of its concentration on community participation in pedagogy and educational development, in this case for offenders. Author’s abstract.


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