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Are PRISon libraries Motivators of pro-social behavior and successful re-entry?
The PRISM Planning Project developed a viable research design for a study of prison library impact. Because U.S. incarceration and recidivism rates are so high and since there is promising evidence that prison libraries may play a significant role in promoting pro-social behaviors that contribute to successful re-entry and reduced recidivism, it is time for a large-scale study to assess these potential contributions. Because Colorado champions offender rehabilitation over punishment, it is an excellent state to model a first-of-its-kind study that can be replicated in other states throughout the nation.
- Grant proposal narrative_June 2018 (PDF)
- Planning project change request - approved_May 2019 (PDF)
- Survey_July 2020 (PDF)
- Research design_August 2020 (PDF)
- IRB exempt determination_September 2020 (PDF)
- Independent evaluation_September 2020 (PDF)
- Prison libraries literature review_September 2020 (PDF)
- Project summary_October 2020 (PDF)
For more information, email Institutional Library Development