Jail Diversion and Recidivism

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Material Information

Title:
Jail Diversion and Recidivism Impact on Community Integration and Treatment Utilization
Physical Description:
1 online resource (1 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Rivera, Shinlay Chu
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Marriage and Family Counseling, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Committee Chair:
Daniels, Marion Harry
Committee Members:
Miller, David
Sherrard, Peter Andrew
Harman, Jeffrey Scott

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
diversion -- recidivism
Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Marriage and Family Counseling thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
The increasing number of inmates in jail and prison has prompted an examination of individuals in need of treatment for mental health illnesses and/or substance abuse issues.  Diversion programs have demonstrated effectiveness by reducing re-arrests post-diversion and linking individuals to treatment.  This study utilized secondary data collected from a local jail diversion program.  The purpose of this study was to investigate variables affecting recidivism including: diversion participation, treatment utilization, mandated treatment, length of treatment, linkages to social support services, and criminal history.  Study participants were classified into three groups: program completers, discharged, and non-participants. The study hypotheses were tested using ANOVA, chi-square, and regression analyses.  Study participants (N=283) were referred and accepted to the diversion program between July 2008 and March 2011.  The sample was predominantly males (N=209, 73.9%), and was represented by mostly African Americans and Caucasians. Participants reported having mental health diagnoses and substance abuse issues.  The three status groups were tested for pre-diversion differences in age, gender, ethnicity, educational level, mental health diagnoses, substance abuse disorders, number of arrests, number of jail days, and severity of charges.  Significant differences were found for ethnicity, diagnoses, pre-diversion arrests, and pre-diversion jail days.  No differences were found in post-diversion criminal involvement and treatment service utilization for court mandated/non-mandated participants.  Other findings indicated program participants had a higher average of post-diversion arrests and jail days, as well as a higher treatment utilization rate, than non-participants.  Significant relationships were found for length of time in treatment and linkage to social support services, specifically housing, for post-diversion arrests only, and not jail days or severity of charges.  This study also suggested a different interpretation of the severity of charge variable, calculated as change in severity.  A discussion of the study’s results, limitations of the study, and implications for future research, theory, and practice were presented.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Shinlay Chu Rivera.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: Daniels, Marion Harry.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0045266:00001