Operation Transformation is based in part upon an existing educational model. This analogous model has been thoroughly researched by Baylor University*. That extensive research has shown the following impact.
Significant change is achieved not through fear of punishment, but through embrace of an alternative identity that celebrates right behavior for the right reasons
Graduates and students report lower levels of disciplinary convictions, and participation in spiritual and morality related conversations was also related to lower levels of misconduct
The observed differences in misconduct are attributable to any other factors, self-reported spiritual transformation, and positive self-identities
Misconduct among inmates who participated in the program tended to decline or remain low over time compared to those who did not
The changes observed in the lives of the particular prison inmates that we studied is particularly interesting given that a majority of these inmates have no hope of returning to their community soon or ever and they might have a little reason or motivation for changing their behaviors for the better
* Michael Hallett, Joshuah Hays, Byron Johnson, Sung Joon Jang, and Grant Duwe, The Angola Prison Seminary: Efects of Faith-Based Ministry on Identity Transformation, Desistance, and Rehabilitation (New York and London: Routledge Talyor and Francis Group) © August 2016