Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Friday

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas VanValey

Third Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This is a descriptive study of the first two-year cohort of offenders sentenced in Kalamazoo County to Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI). Data were compiled from the Kalamazoo County Probation Department records which indicated 84 young men were sentenced to SAI from its inception in 1988 to 1990. Data were gathered on these offenders spanning 1988 to 1992. Successful graduation from SAI, completion of the probationary period, and recidivism were compared to offense, race, SES, education, employment, and other variables. The data of this group were also compared to national data of those sentenced to Special Alternative Incarceration programs. This group was also compared to the population of Kalamazoo County.

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