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NCJ Number: 236840 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Concentrated Re-entry and Katrina as a Natural Experiment - Interview With Dr. David Kirk
Author(s): David Kirk
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary
Agency Summary: 
Type: Interview; Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document (Online); Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video and its transcript cover an interview with David Kirk at the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Research for the Real World Seminar Series, following a presentation on his research in which he examined the recidivism rate for former prisoners who had to relocate to other communities when Katrina destroyed their former residences in the New Orleans area.
Abstract: His research compared the recidivism rate of former inmates who were released from prison prior to Hurricane Katrina with those who had to relocate after being released from incarceration following Katrina. The study found that those individuals who moved away from their former residences were much less likely than the pre-Katrina group to be sent back to prison within 3 years. Kirk questions the wisdom of the policy of many States that requires parolees to go back to the county where they lived when they were either convicted or committed their crime. Louisiana is an exception in not having this requirement. Kirk suggests that parole residency restrictions be more flexible, given that some parolees may have better outcomes in a new community with an environment more conducive to change in their criminal behavior than their former residence location.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Environmental influences; Location; Louisiana; NIJ Resources; Parole conditions; Recidivism; Recidivism causes; Reentry; Social conditions
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