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New Bedford Evaluation
By Wayne St. Pierre

In April of 1996 the New Bedford Court program Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) completed an in-depth analysis of ten consecutive CLTL seminars. The data spans from the first CLTL seminar ever offered in Massachusetts (April 1991) through ten consecutive seminars (January 1995). During this time period 68 probationers graduated from the program. The study specifically looks at the number of crimes committed by program completers prior to CLTL involvement and after (as of January 1, 1996). The results show an overall 68% decrease in criminal activity.


GROUP I 4/9/91


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 3 9 4/9/91 3/23/92 5 5 yes yes
2 0 6 4/9/91 0 0 no no
3 3 10 4/9/91 9/5/91 0 1 no no
4 2 6 4/9/91 10/3/94 0 2 no no
5 2 1 4/9/91 0 0 no no
6 0 2 4/9/91 0 0 no no
7 0 2 4/9/91 0 0 no no
8 0 2 4/9/91 6/3/91 0 7 no no

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
10 38 5 15
48 20

The percentage of felonies decreased by 50. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by __. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 58.3%





GROUP II 12/30/91


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 0 6 12/30/91 7/29/93 0 4 np yes
2 3 13 12/30/91 0 0 no no
3 1 1 12/30/91 6/5/95 1 0 no yes
4 3 7 12/30/91 3/10/92 0 3 no yes
5 1 15 12/30/91 8/6/92 6 18 no yes
6 13 7 12/30/91 0 0 no no
7 3 8 12/30/91 9/3/93 0 3 no yes

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
24 37 7 28
81 35

The percentage of felonies decreased by 70.8%. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by 24%. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 56.7%





GROUP III 6/15/92


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 0 2 6/15/92 3/10/93 0 8 yes yes
2 1 2 6/15/92 7/22/93 0 5 yes yes
3 7 2 6/15/92 0 0 yes no
4 3 10 6/15/92 5/5/93 0 5 no no
5 1 5 6/15/92 8/21/92 0 3 ? yes
6 6 3 6/15/92 0 0 yes no
7 0 4 6/15/92 0 0 yes no

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
18 28 0 21
46 21

The percentage of felonies decreased by 100%. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by 40%. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 58.3%





GROUP IV 2/93


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 5 4 10/14/92 0 0 no no
2 0 5 10/14/92 0 0 no no
3 0 1 10/14/92 0 0 no no
4 2 0 10/14/92 4/4/94 1 0 no yes
5 0 1 10/14/92 3/8/93 0 4 no no
6 2 4 10/14/92 2/17/93 0 5 no no

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
9 15 1 9
24 10

The percentage of felonies decreased by 88%. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by 40%. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 58.3%





GROUP V 7/11/93


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 0 5 2/3/93 0 0 no no
2 0 3 2/3/93 0 0 no no
3 0 2 2/3/93 0 0 no no
4 3 2 2/3/93 5/17/94 0 1 no no
5 1 2/3/93 0 0 no no
6 0 3 2/3/93 1/9/95 2 no no
7 0 3 2/3/93 2/21/95 1 0 no no
8 0 9 2/3/93 9/16/93 4 6 no yes

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
3 28 6 9
31 15

The percentage of felonies decreased by 100%. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by 75%. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 51.6%





GROUP VI 10/93


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 1 6 5/26/93 3/14/94 2 2 ? yes
2 0 1 5/26/93 0 0 no no
3 0 1 5/26/93 0 0 no no
4 0 3 5/26/93 9/20/93 0 3 yes yes

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
1 11 2 5
12 7

The percentage of felonies decreased by 100%. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by 54.5%. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 41.6%





GROUP VII


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 16 12 10/26/93 4/4/94 6 2 no yes
2 6 8 10/26/93 pending 0 0 yes yes
3 4 9 10/26/93 0 0 no no
4 0 6 10/26/93 0 0 no no
5 4 2 10/26/93 0 0 no no
6 0 2 10/26/93 0 0 no no

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
30 39 6 2
69 8

The percentage of felonies decreased by 80%. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by 94.8%. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 88.4%





GROUP VIII


Fel Misd Grad Date Arrest Date Fel Misd Prob Viol In car
1 0 3 2/18/94 0 0 no no
2 2 0 2/18/94 0 no no
3 1 1 2/18/94 pending 0 0 no no
4 38 19 2/18/94 pending 0 0 no no
5 0 2 2/18/94 0 0 no no

Totals
Pre Program Post Program
Fel Misd Fel Misd
41 25 0 0
66 0

The percentage of felonies decreased by 100%. the percentage of misdemeanors decreased by 100%. Combining the two the total decrease for this class is 100%




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