Federal grant to fund state prison system study

Posted: April 26, 2012 in News and politics
By Correspondent
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 12:48 p.m.

Florida has received more than a half-million dollars from the federal government to figure out how well some prison programs are working.

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded a $598,982 grant to the Florida Department of Corrections and Florida State University to do a three-year study of three inmate programs.

According to a news release, the researchers will use inmate data collected between 2000 and 2008 to determine the effectiveness of the state prison system’s program for substance abuse treatment, work release and post-release community supervision. What the researchers are trying to figure out is what works best to help inmates finds jobs and stay employed once they are released from prison. The researchers also will be examining recidivism among released inmates and will be doing a cost-benefit analysis on each program.

In the news release, Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker said the studies will show whether the programs help keep inmates from re-offending.

“We’ll also know how much it is costing us or saving us to implement these programs, which will help us make more informed policy decisions going forward,” Tucker said

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