Robert Magnus Martinson's "What Works?": Describe Martinson’s Sample
In fact, he joined the research team only after they were well into their work. He was opportunistic, and changed the U.S. prison system for generations. What can’t be said for certain is whether or not the findings of the study were accurate. One shouldn’t question the statistics and facts revealed through this study. However, the grand irony is that Robert Martinson, before committing suicide in 1980, reversed his views on rehabilitation. And yet, debaters are going to run back to this study time and time again because it originally matched their argument – despite the fact that this study was only successful because it was people wanted to hear. Debaters live in their own little world where if they find one person who says what they want to hear, they’ll run with it – disregarding all other truths. There is no honor, character, or respect in this. To base an argument upon evidence from a man who reversed his opinion on what he said is unethical. I encourage you to be unlike Robert Martinson, don’t just search to find what you want to hear, but debate with integrity, form arguments based on the truth, and leave this study out of your negative case. But, at the end of the day, you now know what to say if your opponent brings up the “Nothing Works” doctrine.
Throughout the decades, advocates kept insisting that educational, vocational and related programs were powerful tools to assist people in and out of prison. If programs didn’t work well, that was the fault of administrators or they were not properly funded or implementation was faulty.