This thesis is a qualitative study of offender rehabilitation. The research explores what works in rehabilitation programs and why, and what does not work and why not. The hypothesis is based on rational choice, control, strain, social capital, and labeling theories. It is suggested that program efficacy is dependent on offenders realizing that their choices determine their situations; criminal choices result in undesirable consequences. Programs that enforce personal relationships, and provide knowledge to gaining necessities in a pro-social manner are hypothesized to be the most effective. The population is a group of individuals involved in a rehabilitation program at a probation office. The subjects are comprised of probationers who participate in the program and probation officers who manage the program. The data were collected through interviews conducted in person. The results show that this program is effective, and the conclusions support most of Theories. Future research should continue to examine what works and why and what does not work and why not.


Clayton, R. Bruce


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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