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Exploration into Participation in a Faith-Based Prison Program

NCJ Number
Scott D. Camp; Jody Klein-Saffran; Okyun (Karl) Kwon; Dawn M. Daggett; Victoria Joseph
Date Published
April 2006
33 pages
This study investigates the faith, sociodemographic, psychological, and criminal history factors associated with the decision to volunteer for a faith-based program.
The results of the logistic regression model were successful in identifying factors related to program participation, including factors not included in previous studies. The results of the analysis suggest that certain religious characteristics are associated with participation in a faith-based program and that program participants are motivated to make changes in their lives and are seeking their way in a religious sense. For example, program participants scored higher on average on the motivation for change scale used here, had higher rates of attendance in religious services since incarceration, and were more active in reading sacred scripture. Conversely, inmates who claimed higher levels of knowledge about their faith were less likely to participate in the Life Connections Program examined here. Operational records were combined with data collected from self-administered surveys. Tables and references