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CHANGE IN MISCONDUCT REPORTS
THE HORIZON COMMUNITY AND DAVIS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
HOLDENVILLE, OK 2002-2005  

Comparison of Misconduct Reports Among Horizon Participants

TOTAL
PARTICIPANTS
YEAR NUMBER
BEFORE
NUMBER
DURING
NUMBER
AFTER
BEFORE TO
DURING DECREASE
BEFORE TO
AFTER DECREASE
36 ONE 18 2 2 89% 89%
51 TWO 25 1 5 96% 80%
51 THREE 19 0 3 100% 84%
AVERAGE   21 1 3 95% 86%

The total number of facility-wide misconducts were then examined during the three years of the Horizon program. During the first year of the program, across the facility there were a total of 901 misconducts committed in 2002. During year two there were 731 misconducts committed across the facility, representing a 19% decline in the number of facility misconducts between year one and year two. In year three, there were 308 misconducts committed. This represented a 58% decline in the number of misconducts committed between year two and year three, and an overall facility decrease in misconducts of 66% during the three years of the Horizon program (Table 3).  

Comparison of Facility Misconduct Reports during Horizon

Year  Total Number of Facility Misconducts Decrease in Misconducts
One 901  19%
Two 731   68%
Three 308 (Year one to year three decrease = 66%)

*The facility experienced a 3.2% increase in population over the same three year period.

Since the overall number of facility misconducts dropped dramatically, by roughly two-thirds, prison administrators were asked for their explanation as to what was responsible for the decline in misconducts. The administrators indicated that an increase in programming was largely responsible. "There are several reasons that the numbers of misconducts declined. Among the leading contributors has been the Horizon program. When one adds up the thousands of hours that volunteers have spent in the facility over the past three years, those hours directly correlate into inmates receiving higher levels of interaction with counselors, teachers, ministers and other professionals and less time available for getting into trouble. The fact that the interaction was so positive in nature made it simply the right combination for real progress. The waiting list for Horizon is now longer than for any program we have ever offered" (B. Boyd, Assistant Warden, personal communication, December 14, 2005).

Excerpted from Individual and Organizational Impact of Kairos Horizon, A Faith-Based Adult Learning Program, in a Correctional Setting; Dan Denny (2006). Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Oklahoma State University.

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