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NCJ Number: 228550 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Impact of First-Time Imprisonment on Offenders' Subsequent Criminal Career Development: A Matched Samples Comparison
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:September 2009  Pages:227-257
Author(s): Paul Nieuwbeerta; Daniel S. Nagin; Arjan A.J. Blokland
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Grant Number: SES-99113700;SES-0647576;RO1 MH65611-01A2
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effect of first-time imprisonment between age 18 to 38 on the conviction rates in the 3 years immediately following the year of the imprisonment in the Netherlands.
Abstract: Findings suggest that the experience of first-time imprisonment was associated with an increase in criminal activity in the 3 years following release, implying that on balance the criminogenic effects of imprisonment on the imprisoned are larger than any preventive effect that might stem from special deterrence. The effect of imprisonment is similar across offense types. It is important to recognize that this conclusion is circumscribed by several important considerations. These involve the use of non-experimental data, restriction placed on the sample used for analysis, and the source of the data (the Netherlands). Data were collected from 5,164 individuals selected using abstracts from the general documentation files (GDF) of the Criminal Record Office from 1997 to 2002. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Effects of imprisonment; Netherlands
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Convictions; Criminal career patterns; Criminal histories; Criminality prediction; Post-conviction remedies; Recidivism
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