Expanding Pathways Research: Learning from Women Formerly Incarcerated for Violent Crime

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2013

Project Description/Abstract

During the summer of 2013 I recruited study participants at SPAN Inc. in Boston, MA through posting additional study flyers, meeting with staff and informing them about the study, speaking to group forums where clients were in attendance, and following up with potential study participants who were referred to me by SPAN personnel. A total of five (5) in-depth interviews with women who had been convicted of a violent crime were conducted and five (5) surveys were completed during the summer 2013. In addition, ten (10) interviews were transcribed during this period of time. Initial coding was conducted of transcriptions and themes were identified related to risk correlates for the women’s conviction of a violent crime and their ability to remain free from recidivism. Also, data from surveys administered as part of the study were entered into a computerized database.

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