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How Residential Change Might Help Ex-Offenders Stay Out of Prison: Findings from a Natural Experiment

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Title: How Residential Change Might Help Ex-Offenders Stay Out of Prison: Findings from a Natural Experiment
Creators: Kirk, David S.
Contributors: Rhine, Edward; Bellair, Paul E.
Keywords: residential change
former prisoners
recidivism
parole residency policies
access to housing
Issue Date: 2012-03-09
Publisher: Ohio State University. Criminal Justice Research Center
Series/Report no.: Institute for Excellence in Justice. Seminars
Abstract: Institute for Excellence in Justice Seminar: How Residential Change Might Help Ex-Offenders Stay Out of Prison: Findings from a Natural Experiment, March 9, 2012 at the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, The Ohio State University. Presentation by Dr. David Kirk, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Texas-Austin. Joined by expert panelists Dr. Edward Rhine (Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Offender Reentry, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) and Dr. Paul Bellair (Professor of Sociology at OSU). Abstract: Many former prisoners return home to the same neighborhood with the same criminal opportunities and criminal peers they had before they went to prison. Yet, if the path to a crime-free life largely requires knifing-off from past situations and establishing new routines, then separating returning offenders from their past criminal contexts may be one way to reduce recidivism and foster desistance. Professor David Kirk explores the idea of residential change by examining how Hurricane Katrina affected ex-prisoners originally from New Orleans and their likelihood of returning to prison. Kirk discusses potential strategies for fostering residential change among ex-prisoners, focusing specifically on parole residency policies and greater access to housing.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/51862
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