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Recidivism and desistance: February 2012


Journal articles

  • A signaling approach to criminal desistance through transitional jobs programs / Dan Bloom
    Criminology and public policy 11(1) Feb 2012: 93-99
    Summary: Discusses whether by completing rigorous programs, offenders can send a signal to employers about their future intentions, and proposes other subsidised employment models that may be more effective in building former offenders' skills and employability
  • A signaling perspective on employment-based reentry programming : training completion as a desistance signal / Shawn D Bushway and Robert Apel
    Criminology and public policy 11(1) Feb 2012: 21-50
    Summary: Argues that employment programs for individuals exiting prison can benefit society even if they do not directly reduce recidivism, by helping to identify quickly and efficiently those desisters who are ready to work
  • An examination of the effect of imprisonment on recidivism / Tin a L Freiburger and Brian M Iannacchione
    Criminal justice studies 24(4) Dec 2011: 369-379
    Summary: Examines the effect of incarceration and other variables relevant to sentencing decisions on the likelihood of recidivism for drug and property offenders
  • Are the major risk/need factors predictive of both female and male reoffending? A test with the eight domains of the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory / Donald A Andrews
    International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology 56(1) Feb 2012: 113-133
    Summary: Explores the gender neutrality of a practical assessment of eight of the best-established risk/need factors for criminal behaviour in the psychological and criminological literature
  • Assessing the therapeutic climate of prisons / Andrew Day, Sharon Casey and James (Jim) Vess
    Criminal justice and behavior 39(2) Feb 2012: 156-168
    Summary: Examines perceptions of the prison social climate in two Australian prisons from the perspective of both prison staff and prisoners
  • Beyond static and dynamic risk factors : the incremental validity of release planning for predicting sex offender recidivism / Carwyn D Scoones, Gwenda M Willis and Randolph C Grace
    Journal of interpersonal violence 27(2) Jan 2012: 222-238
    Summary: NZ study finds that that assessment of release planning might improve accuracy of sex offender risk assessments and that improved release planning should contribute to reductions in recidivism
  • Creating HoPE : mental health in Western Australian maximum security prisons / Jennifer Fleming, Natalie Gately and Sharan Kraemer
    Psychiatry, psychology and law 19(1) Feb 2012: 60-74
    Summary: Findings (from Health of Prisoner Evaluation survey) highlight that imprisonment is an opportune time to screen for mental health problems and provide appropriate evidence-based treatment.
  • Exploring inmate reentry in a local jail setting : implications for outreach, service use, and recidivism / Michael D White
    Crime and delinquency 58(1) Jan 2012: 124-146
    Summary: Evaluates a jail-based reentry program in New York City that begins while individuals are incarcerated and includes 90 days of postrelease services and offers insights for program implementation and operation
  • Invisible stripes? Formerly incarcerated persons' perceptions of stigma / Thomas P LeBel
    Deviant behavior 33(2) Feb 2012: 89-107
    Summary: Uses a social psychological approach to examine stigma from the perspective of released prisoners
  • Long-term desistance and recidivism patterns : evidence from the Essex County convicted felons study / Megan C Kurlychek, Shawn D Bushway and Robert Brame
    Criminology 51(1) Feb 2012: 71-103
    Summary: Analyses 18 years of follow-up data on a cohort of felony convicts in Essex County, NJ to gain a better understanding of which model best describes actual patterns of desistance
  • Obeying signals and predicting future offending / Alex R Piquero
    Criminology and public policy 11(1) Feb 2012: 51-59
    Summary: Proposes that employment training program completion is a signal of an ex-offender's readiness to rejoin society and discusses a policy effort that uses traffic signal colours as a way to transition offenders gradually back into employment and mainstream society
  • Redeeming communities : restorative offender reentry in a risk-centric society / Kathryn J Fox
    Victims and offenders 7(1) Jan/Mar 2012: 97-120
    Summary: Examines how well the Vermont prisoner re-entry programs embody the concept of 'restorative re-entry' and discusses complications for a society obsessed with crime risk reduction
  • Reducing juvenile recidivism with cognitive training and a cell phone follow-up : an evaluation of the RealVictory program / Bert O Burraston, David J Cherrington and Stephen J Bahr
    International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology 56(1) Feb 2011: 61-80
    Summary: Study provides evidence that a brief cognitive training program followed by a cell phone coach is a useful tool that helps juvenile probationers reduce their recidivism.
  • The coproduction of outcomes : an integrated assessment of youth and program effects on recidivism / Christopher J Sullivan and Edward J Latessa
    Youth violence and juvenile justice 9(3) Jul 2011: 191-206
    Summary: Uses a large sample of youth involved in justice and treatment-related programs to investigate the likelihood of recidivism based on youth risk and program characteristics
  • Unsettling the discourse of punishment? : competing narratives of reentry and the possibilities for change / Sara Steen, Traci L Lacock and Shelby McKinzey
    Punishment and society 14(1) Jan 2012: 29-50
    Summary: Assesses the impact of the reentry concept on discourse and reform in Colorado through analysis of the recent work of the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission