Studies and Evaluations of the Criminon Program

Below is a sampling of studies and program evaluations of the Criminon program.


Urban Institute Independent Evaluation of the Criminon ProgramUrban Institute Independent Evaluation of the Criminon Program

The Urban Institute is a nationally respected think tank based in Washington D.C. that conducts social policy and related research (see Urban Institute conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Criminon program materials and their delivery resulting in a 48-page documented study.

The Urban Institute report analyzed the Criminon curricula against evidence-based best practices for rehabilitation known as “Moral Reconation Therapy” (MRT) and “Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy” (CBT). As reported in the study, the Criminon curriculum was verified to place a strong emphasis on positive behavior change for the individual and those around him.

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Criminon Taiwan PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) StudyCriminon Taiwan PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Study

This study of Criminon was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Taiwan. The study analyzed individuals that received Criminon training in Tainan, Pingtung, and Changhua Prisons from 2015 to 2017.

The PWC Criminon study found that participants who took the programs gained better reading abilities, helped them improve their relationships with their families, and increased their sense of identity. More importantly, participants were less likely to become repeat offenders, resulting in a lower recidivism rate.

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The Criminon Honduras StudyThe Criminon Honduras Study

This study was aimed at “the impact of the Criminon program intervention—a series of courses including, importantly, a life-skill course entitled, ‘The Way to Happiness’—on a group of incarcerated females in Honduras at the Women’s Center of Social Adaptation (CEFAS is its Spanish acronym ).” The study is qualitative and uses an ethnographic methodology with in-depth focus groups and interviews.

The study investigators stated that changes that occurred with these women can be said — with great certainty — to have been produced by the Criminon intervention.

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vCriminon Israeli Study

The Criminon Israeli Study analyzed the impact of two Criminon programs on the behavior of incarcerated individuals in five Israeli prisons. The purpose of the study was to determine the degree to which the program reduced violent behavior and enhanced social behavior.

The study determined that Criminon learning programs can contribute to decreasing the rate of violence. Further, it determined that Criminon addresses the need for transmitting life capabilities and learning skills that contribute to the development of “normative” behavior and in doing so helped attain the “greatest influence through education and learning.”

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