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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Institutional Adjustment:
Disciplinary Report Frequency

A measurement of inmate adjustment identifies the number of disciplinary reports (DR's) that measured inmates received during the three months that Chapel participation rates were considered. The record of inmates who attended religious activities was separated from the record of those inmates who did not attend any religious activities. Both were then analyzed as to the frequency of DR's per one thousand inmates. In the group of inmates that attended religious activities during the three-month period, they were further grouped according to the number of times they attended a religious activity in the measurement period of one month.

The number of DR's was measured for those inmates who attended religious services one to three times per month, four to nine times per month and those who attended ten or more times in a month.

Finally, a statewide average was included to compare the findings with a norm. The State norm for all inmates is 70 DR's per thousand inmates. The inmates in the measurement group (50,026) that attended no religious services computed at the rate of 198 DR's per thousand inmates. Inmates who attended from one to three religious activities during the month received 66 DR's per thousand inmates. Inmates who attended from four to nine religious activities received 48 DR's per thousand inmates. The fewest DR's per thousand were received by the inmate group that attended ten or more religious activities during the month at 29 DR's per thousand inmates.

For all three months, the more inmates attended religious activities, the fewer DR's they received. Inmates who did not attend any religious activities were three times more likely to get a DR than inmates who attended ten or more services a month did. Statewide, inmates in general were more than twice as likely to get a DR than inmates who attended ten or more religious activities per month. Though there may be a variety of reasons for getting or not getting a DR, the numbers indicate that the more an inmate attends religious activities, the odds that the inmate gets into trouble are diminished.

DR's are considered to be one of the prime indicators of institutional adjustment. The following three pages measure the institutional adjustment of inmates who participate in Chapel programs by the number of times the inmate participates and their number of DR's. This figure is then compared with the institutional adjustment of those inmates who did not participate in Chapel programs.