Reconsidering the Effectiveness of Temporary Release: A Systematic Review
Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 153-168, 2008
16 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2010
Date Written: April 13, 2010
This article offers a systematic review of the ‘what works’ literature on temporary release, particularly as concerns home leave and work release programs. Against the ‘nothing works’ proposition, the findings suggest that both home leave and work release schemes can be effective in reducing recidivism rates, while work release may also enhance post-release employment prospects. The final section discusses the directions future evaluative research should take, with special reference to the need for drawing the link between the procedural and outcome dimensions of temporary release.
Keywords: Temporary release, Prison furlough, Home leave, Work release, ‘What works’
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