Each year approximately 12 million admissions and releases occur in U.S. jails (Solomon, A. L., Osborne, J. W. L, LoBuglio, S. F., Mellow, J., & Mukamal, D. A.). Those that cycle in and out of jail often times are unstable. These instabilities include: substance abuse, lack of housing and employment, mental illness, and health concerns. More than 80 percent of offenders are incarcerated for less than one month; some for a few hours or a few days (Solomon, et. al.). This concern was identified by the Public Health Nurse (PHN) who has seen the same offenders being booked in, time after time. The PHN and the Jail Administrator wanted to find out what caused these individuals to return and how could recidivism be decreased. In order to address this concern, information needed to be analyzed to find out the trends and patterns of individuals being booked in Sibley County.

The purpose of this Capstone Project was to identify trends and patterns of individuals booked in the Sibley County Jail beginning January 1, 2008 and released by December 31, 2009. This information will assist Sibley County in identifying valuable resources to assist offenders’ successful transition back into the community.


Michelle Alvarez

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Other Capstone Project


Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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