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Evaluating New Mexico's Recidivism Reduction Program (RRP)

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
University of California, Los Angeles
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First received: May 18, 2011
Last updated: May 19, 2011
Last verified: May 2011
A a multi-site trial to measure the efficacy of the Recidivism Reduction Program, a prison based, twenty-one module reentry program operated by the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Recidivism Reduction Program
Behavioral: Business-as-usual

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Evaluating New Mexico's Prison-Based Recidivism Reduction Program

Further study details as provided by Pepperdine University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Revocation rate [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Percentage of subjects in each condition who are revoked from parole and returned to prison during the 12 months following their initial release.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Days incarcerated [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Total number of days incarcerated in jail or prison after initial release.

  • New arrests [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Number of new arrests in the 12 months following initial release.

  • Self esteem [ Time Frame: 2 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Inmate score on self-reported self esteem scale at two-month followup (just prior to release from prison).

  • Drug use self efficacy [ Time Frame: 2 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Inmate score on self reported drug use self efficacy scale at 2 months followup (just prior to release from prison).

  • Criminal thinking [ Time Frame: 2 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Inmate score on self reported criminal thinking scale at two month followup (just prior to release from prison).

  • Depression [ Time Frame: 2 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Inmates score on self reported depression scale at 2 month followup (just prior to release from prison).

  • Anxiety [ Time Frame: 2 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Inmates score on self reported anxiety scale at 2 month followup (just prior to release from prison).

  • Hostility [ Time Frame: 2 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Inmates score on self reported hostility scale at 2 month followup (just prior to release from prison).

Estimated Enrollment: 159
Study Start Date: March 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Recidivism Reduction Program
Inmates who were assigned to the RRP intervention.
Behavioral: Recidivism Reduction Program
Assigned to the 21-module Recidivism Reduction Program
Other Names:
  • RRP
  • Mew Mexico RRP
  • New MExico Recidivism Reduction Program
Active Comparator: Business-as-usual
Business-as-usual are those inmates not assigned to RRP and who receive standard inmate programming.
Behavioral: Business-as-usual
Inmates who receive standard programming offered by New Mexico Department of Corrections prior to release.
Other Name: Control group

Detailed Description:
The New Mexico Department of Corrections Recidivism Reduction Program (RRP) is designed to provide offenders with knowledge and skills that are transferable to the community setting and to address issues that offenders will invariably face upon release to the community. Transitional coping skills, offender expectations upon release, family issues, and dealing with authority figures are a few of the challenges facing offenders upon reintegration. The Recidivism Reduction Program is aimed at preparing offenders for the potential obstacles that they may encounter upon release to the community and providing them skills to overcome the challenges that they will face. The RRP curriculum focuses on belief systems, self-esteem, and rational thinking. The RRP is a twenty-one module clinician-led program (approximately 100 hours) delivered in a group setting within months of release. Outcomes focus on measures of transition readiness, successful transition into the community, and recidivism.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Inmates who have six months prior to release
  • Inmates housed at one of the four experimental prisons
  • Inmates willing to participate in the Recidivism Reduction Program

Exclusion Criteria:

- Housed in security Level 4 or 5

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01357291

United States, New Mexico
Western New Mexico Correctional Facility (WNMCF)
Grants, New Mexico, United States, 87020
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (CNMCF)
Los Lunas, New Mexico, United States, 87031
Penitentiary of New Mexico (PNM)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States, 87504
Springer Correctional Facility (SCF)
Springer, New Mexico, United States, 87747
Sponsors and Collaborators
Pepperdine University
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Angela Hawken, PhD Pepperdine University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Angela Hawken, Pepperdine University Identifier: NCT01357291     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SPP0311F07 
Study First Received: May 18, 2011
Last Updated: May 19, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Pepperdine University:
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