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NCJ Number: NCJ 241714     Find in a Library
Title: Prison Visitation and Recidivism
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Author(s): Daniel P. Mears ; Joshua C. Cochran ; Sonja E. Siennick ; William D. Bales
  Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:29  Issue:6  Dated:December 2012  Pages:888 to 918
Date Published: 12/2012
Page Count: 31
  Annotation: This study examined the contribution, if any, of prison visitation to recidivism.
Abstract: Scholars and policymakers have called for greater attention to understanding the causes of and solutions to improved prisoner reentry outcomes, resulting in renewed attention to a factor—prison visitation—long believed to reduce recidivism. However, despite the theoretical arguments advanced on its behalf and increased calls for evidence-based policy, there remains little credible empirical research on whether a beneficial relationship between visitation and recidivism in fact exists. Against that backdrop, this study employs propensity score matching analyses to examine whether visitation of various types and in varying amounts, or “doses,” is in fact negatively associated with recidivism outcomes among a cohort of released prisoners. The analyses suggest that visitation has a small to modest effect in reducing recidivism of all types, especially property offending, and that the effects may be most pronounced for spouse or significant other visitation. The authors discuss the implications of the findings for research and policy. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Reentry
Index Term(s): Recidivism ; Inmate visits ; Recidivism prediction ; Recidivism causes
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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