The Effect of Community Context and Post-Release Housing Placements on Recidivism: Evidence from Minnesota
Group: Minnesota Department of Corrections
Separate studies have shown that a variety of post-release housing placements for returning prisoners can significantly influence recidivism. Research has also found that contextual factors, such as economic disadvantage, can also significantly predict recidivism. This study combines those lines of research by examining the effects of five categories of post-release housing placements as well as contextual measures of economic disadvantage on recidivism for newly released Minnesota state prisoners. Using multi-level analysis techniques, this research found that with one exception, certain post-release housing situations, along with several other individual-level control variables, were more robust predictors of recidivism than contextual measures of disadvantage and poverty. This study highlights the significant impact that post release housing placements can have on the reentry process.
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