Incarceration and Religiosity in a Male Inmate Population

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Incarceration and Religiosity in a Male Inmate Population John Locke said that "good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided." The need for removal of persons who commit acts against society as a whole has been a part of human nature. However, is it possible to reintroduce these people back into society and have them be an active and appropriate member of society? I have chosen to examine whether or not religious affiliations while incarcerated assist in the rehabilitation and lack of re-offense upon release. This area deserves additional research, after this study, due to the fact that about 5.6 million, about one out of every thirty-seven people are incarcerated in the United States (NCIS). If researchers can find a more effective way to reduce the level of recidivism; this in turn will decrease the number of incarcerated United States citizens and allow the governmental appropriation to be allocated to other needs. The following study, Religiousness and Post-Release Community Adjustment in the United States, 1990-1998, will be used to determine these three hypotheses: (1) that men with low self-esteem will regularly attend religious services, during their incarceration period. (2) This study will be used to test whether men that do not attend religious services while incarcerated are more likely to re-offend once being released from prison. (3) This study will test a sample of people incarcerated on drug charges. Specifically, whether inmates incarcerated on drug charges are more likely to attend religious services regularly. Literature Review: This topic of religious basis for rehabilitation has not been a new topic. In fact a lot studies have been conducted on this matter. Exploring the

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