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Life-Course Study of Released Prisoners Suggests Importance of Employment for Offender Reintegration and Community Safety  

Author:  Matthew G.  Yeager.

Source: Volume 07, Number 02, July/August 2003 , pp.17-22(6)

Offender Programs Report

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This study analyzes the effect of one or more dynamic, life-course factors (e.g., marriage or employment) on the success or failure of a prison release cohort. The study represents about 24% of all adult, male prisoners, who were released from Canadian federal prisons in 1983-1984. These ex-offenders were followed for a period of about three years. The dependent variables in this study are re-conviction and imprisonment for an indictable offense within three years of release from penitentiary. The focus of this article is on promising life-course trajectories that impact upon re-processing, while controlling for static predictors (i.e., prior criminal record, early family characteristics).

Keywords: recidivism

Affiliations:  1: Carleton University.

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