University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Community Context and Prisoner Reentry

Jeffrey Morenoff, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
David Harding, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

A CLOSUP Policy Research Grants Award (FY 2007).

Abstract:
The rising number of individuals being released from prison has prompted renewed interest among academics and policymakers in integrating former prisoners back into society. Still, relatively little is known about how the communities into which former prisoners move when they leave prison affect the likelihood that they will recidivate. The proposed research would examine the role that community context plays in the risk of recidivism by collecting and analyzing administrative records of people released from Michigan prisons in 2002. The proposed analysis would estimate, through multilevel hazard modeling and matching analysis, the effects of neighborhood context upon reentry on recidivism, net of pre-incarceration neighborhood context and a host of individual-level factors.

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