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42 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (2005-2006)

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Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 42 (1), 2005. Pp. 1-22.
Available online at http://www.haworthpress.com/web/JOR
@ 2005 by The Ha worth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
doi: 10.1 300/JO76v42nO1 01




Revisiting Anomalous Outcome Data

from the Breaking the Cycle Program

in  Jacksonville


MICHAEL D. WHITE
MICHAEL HALLETT


ABSTRACT Results from the national   evaluation of the Breaking the Cy-
cle program indicated that the participants in the program re-offended less
frequently than comparison group defendants in Birmingham,  Alabama,
and Tacoma, Washington,  but not in Jacksonville, Florida. This paper seeks
to re-examine the same BTC program  in Jacksonville, using different sam-
ples, methodology, data and analysis. The study employs T-tests, logistic
regression and CHAID  to examine differences in re-offending among con-
temporaneous  random samples of program participants and comparable un-
treated defendants (n = 100 for each group). Using State Attorney and BTC
data, both samples were drawn  from the population of program-eligible
cases from October 1999-April 2001, the complete period of operation for
BTC  Jacksonville. Similar to the national evaluation, results indicate that
BTC  did not produce significantly lower rates of re-offending among its
participants. The authors explore possible explanations for the no-differ-
ence finding including Jacksonville's decision to link program participa-
tion to gaining pretrial release, the jurisdiction's heavy reliance on cash
bail, and the differential impact of individual risk factors. The analysis pro-
duces more  questions than answers and highlights the need for additional
research to fully understand the Jacksonville BTC experience. [Article cop-
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reserved.]

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