Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Criminal Justice Sciences

First Advisor

Jason R. Ingram


There is increasing need to understand and improve rates of recidivism in all fields associated with the Criminal Justice system. This research investigated the influence that employment status and job stability have on probationer recidivism. For this project, recidivism is defined as any arrest within four years after the termination of probation. Results from this study indicate that obtaining and sustaining employment can reduce the likelihood of recidivism in probationers. Additionally, the findings suggest that job stability is indicative of increased desistance. Findings from this study lend support to the notion that there is an employment-crime relationship. The findings of this analysis have important implications for local probation practices.


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