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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice: M.S.


Criminal Justice


School of Public Affairs

First Advisor

Francis B. Schreiber

Second Advisor

Lindsey E. Vigesaa

Third Advisor

Michael R. Penrod

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

G.E.D., Prison Education, Prison Discipline


This study presents data concerning discipline problems of 201 inmates who have earned their GED (General Equivalency Diploma) while incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Sandstone, Minnesota. The study looks at the number of discipline incident reports for each inmate before receiving their GED versus incident reports they receive after earning the diploma. Previous research has suggested that correctional education has a positive effect on recidivism rates of offenders, but this researcher wanted to look at the impact of education while the inmate is still incarcerated. The study takes into account how many months the individual was incarcerated before and after earning the GED, not just the total number of incident reports the inmate received during the entire time of incarceration. The findings indicate that those inmates who have earned a GED while incarcerated have a lower rate of discipline problems after they receive their diploma compared to before. The average rate incident reports before receiving the GED was one report every 11.19 months. The average rate for incident reports after receiving the GED was one report every 19.2 months.