Prisons, Corrections, Reentry, Recidivism
This paper focuses on evaluations of employment-based reentry programs. It begins with an overview of recidivism, touching on the both theory and empirical research framing employment as a pivotal factor in the reentry process. Next, it reviews the limited assessments of work-release programming and their findings. The final sections examine the structural factors which complicate reentry, specifically low wages and community disorganization. And identifies the benefits of incorporating qualitative methods in criminological research as it relates to evaluating programs, their impact, and tying findings to program adaptations and future implementation.
Maranville, Ryan, "Idle Hands are the Devil's Workshop? Exploring the Connections between Prison-Work Release Programming, Post-release Employment and Recidivism" (2023). Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development—Student Research. 51.