A 2008 study by Diana Brazzell and Nancy La Vigne of the Urban Institute found no statistical evidence that FCBI participation lowers recidivism(e) rates, despite strong anecdotal support for the program among inmates and correctional staff.
Previous studies of other residential faith-based prison programs also failed to support the claim that they lead to better outcomes after release.2 Brazzell and La Vigne's study focused on 189 men and 100 women who spent at least 3 months in an FCBI in 2004 and 2005.
Diana Brazzell is Footnote's Executive Editor and has a degree in public policy from Brown University.
colleagues conducted the study described in this article during her
time as a researcher in the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center.
In 2008 she
presented the findings at a conference sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
La Vigne, Nancy, Diana Brazzell
, and Kevonne Small.