Mechanisms behind Substance Abuse and Rugby. Lessons from a Field Experiment with Incarcerated Offenders
AbstractThere are a broad range of rehabilitation programs but results differ significantly among them, from positive to no-effect programs –and even to negative-effect programs. Hence, in order to guide policy, it is necessary to find out the features that should be present in programs for inmates to guarantee positive effects. We used a random assignment to evaluate an innovative rehabilitation program –rugby classes offered by players of the national team- for incarcerated offenders in an overcrowded prison in Uruguay. We find the program positively influences inmates’ behavior, lowering the consumption of drugs. Also, studying the mechanisms behind these findings, our results suggest that the program fosters healthier conduct and positive social attitudes. After studying the criminogenic attitudes addressed by this rugby program, we suggest lines for policy.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo. in its series Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers with number 1201.
Date of creation: 2012
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prison; rehabilitation; impact evaluation; randomized experiment;
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- Alexander Castleton & Alejandro Cid, 2012. "Mechanisms behind Substance Abuse and Rugby. Lessons from a Field Experiment with Incarcerated Offenders," REVISTA DESARROLLO Y SOCIEDAD, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
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