Discipline and Adjustment Boards and their Effectiveness on Correcting the Behavior of Inmates Incarcerated in the United States Disciplinary Barracks
Technical Report,01 Aug 1991,05 Jun 1992
Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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This study was designed to determine the effect Discipline and Adjustment Boards have on the conduct of an institutionalized military offender population. The study used variables describing personal background characteristics, criminal history, and confinement history of military offenders. Information about the inmates was obtained from the inmate correctional treatment file and the Correctional Reporting System. Data was analyzed using simple probability statistics, to determine trends of the D and A Board. The D and A Boards do have a deterrent effect since less than half of the inmates appear before the board. However, the recidivism rate indicates little deterrent effect for repeat offenders. Although the common characteristics of offenders are identified, more research is required to determine actions the D and A Boards can take to reduce the recidivism pattern. The additional research should focus on behavior and personality characteristics of the offenders to identify actions that would deter subsequent offenses.