Thesis Title

Education, Coerrection, and Recidivism: A Qualitative Study of Adult Detention Centers in Mendocino, El Dorado and San Mateo Counties

Graduation Date

Spring 2006

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


This is a qualitative study supported by on-site observation of the various educational programs offered in Mendocino, El Dorado, and San Mateo Counties’ Adult Detention Centers. It discusses their programs and provides a preliminary assessment of the relationship between these programs and recidivism. This study takes into account recent research conducted in state and federal prisons and finds that the data linking educational programs with recidivism at the county level appears to be consistent with the results found at the state and federal levels. As in the state and federal levels, inmates incarcerated at the county level appear to have a lower likelihood of recidivating if they succeed in educational programs while in custody.

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