First Advisor

Christopher M. Campbell

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Criminology and Criminal Justice




Corrections -- United States -- Evaluation, Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- United States, Prison violence -- United States -- Statistics



Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 46 pages)


A wide variety of correctional programs have incited a debate regarding the utility and worth of programs within the correctional system. For some, programs are assigned strict qualifications and this narrow focus limits those that are "worthy"; all else are "correctional quackery." These harsh limitations do not allow for the consideration of secondary outcomes as measurements of value. Using negative binomial regression, this study examines 449 state correctional facilities to consider associations between program availability (categorized as correctional quackery or not) and incidence rates of violent assaults among inmates. The minimal significant results yield inconclusive findings but do offer some possible insights for programs negatively associated with inmate-inmate assaults. Considerations for future research and implications are discussed.


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