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National Poverty Center

a PSC Research Project [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]

Investigators:   Sheldon H. Danziger, Kristin Seefeldt

While there is a large and ever-growing body of research on recidivism and prisoner reentry, two aspects of reentry have received less attention than others. First, we know little about the role of community context in the reentry process and in recidivism. Second, studies of recidivism rarely include a long-term longitudinal follow-up component, nor do they begin while subjects are in prison and then follow them through release and beyond.



One pilot study consists of two linked components. The first component proposes to use administrative data to examine the role that community context plays in reentry outcomes. It would attempt to answer the questions, "Are ex-offenders who are released to more disadvantaged neighborhoods (those with greater poverty, unemployment, crime, etc.) more likely to recidivate as a result of community context?" The second component would consist of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with inmates both prior to release (which incarcerated) and after release. The main goal of this component is to lay the groundwork for a larger, longitudinal study of ex-offenders, reentry, and recidivism (and which would be linked to the first component by also including data on community context).

Funding Period: 09/30/2007 to 05/31/2011

Country of Focus: USA

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