Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Cassia Spohn


The purpose of the present study was to understand the nature of the DRC's clients and the roles of the DRC as a mechanism of informal social control in the context of the Nebraska State/Douglas County Criminal Justice System. More specifically, as a preliminary evaluation of the DRC, this research will determine whether the program has been working as intended. The current study pursued two main goals: (1) identifying the demographic and case variables that determine successful completion of the program (i.e., graduation) and recidivism and (2) identifying the types of effective and ineffective treatment for an offender's reintegration. In addition, this study analyzed the DRC's client targeting and net-widening and the effectiveness of the DRC's risk assessment. The current research is composed of a two-phase study; an analysis of termination and an analysis of recidivism. Specifically, each part of the two-phase study consists of three sub-sections; the descriptive statistics, the bivariate correlations, and the multivariate analyses. A sample of 273 DRC's for the analysis of termination clients have been collected since the DRC began operation in 2001. Through 2003, 273 clients have either graduated successfully (189) or terminated (84) from the DRC. Additionally, the analysis of the recidivism was conducted based on 189 clients who graduated successfully.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Dae-Young Kim June, 2005

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