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Pastor Views on Prison Ministry  (LifeWay Research)

An Outcome Evaluation of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (2012)

National Institute of Corrections 08/08/2012 06:19 PM EDT

Results from an outcome evaluation of the faith-based prisoner reentry program InnerChange Freedom Initiative are reviewed. Not only is the risk of participants recidivating significantly reduced (re-offending by 26%, re-conviction by 35%, and new offense re-incarceration by 40%), the program is also very cost-effective. “The findings suggest that faith-based correctional programs can work, but only if they apply what is known about effective correctional programming” (p. 3). SOURCE: Minnesota Dept. of Corrections (St. Paul, MN).

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