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Evaluation of the DRC in the Context of Douglas County, Nebraska: A Development Perspective

NCJ Number
The Prison Journal Volume: 87 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2007 Pages: 434-456
Dae-Young Kim; Cassia Spohn; Mark Foxall
Date Published
December 2007
23 pages
This article presents the results of an evaluation on the day reporting center (DRC) in Douglas County, NE.
A number of significant variables were found at the DRC, such as education, relapse prevention, employment, and age. The findings contribute to the development of effective treatment for the DRC’s clients. The study suggests a two level strategy for the DRC: a short-term strategy designed to prevent clients’ termination and a long-term strategy designed to prevent clients’ recidivism. As an alternative to incarceration, the DRC has become an increasingly popular sentencing option in many jurisdictions. The DRC as a mechanism of social control has played an important role in the context of Douglas County, NE. In Douglas County, the DRC plays a substantial role in community protection and in offender reintegration. As a preliminary evaluation of the DRC in Douglas County, this study sought to determine whether the program has been working as intended. Thus, the study will identify the individual and case variables that determine successful completion of the program or graduation and recidivism. The study will also identify the types of effective and ineffective treatment for an offender’s reintegration. Tables, notes, references