Restorative Justice Reentry Planning for the Imprisoned: An Evidence-Based Approach to Recidivism Reduction

Walker, L. & Davidson, J., 2018. Restorative justice reentry planning for the imprisoned: An evidence-based approach to recidivism reduction. In Gavrielides, T., (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice, New York, NY: Routledge.

27 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2018

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Lorenn Walker

Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice

Janet Davidson

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Date Written: May 10, 2018

Abstract

This chapter is based on a study that reviewed recidivism outcomes for adult men and women imprisoned in two Hawai‘i state prisons who participated in restorative justice reentry circles prior to release. These men and women were tracked for at least three years after their release. Self-selection bias by choosing to have a circle was reduced by comparing recidivism outcomes of individuals who applied for and had a reentry circle with those who applied for a circle, but did not have one. The chapter aims to contribute to the Volume’s key objectives by presenting original research showing promising results with significantly lower recidivism for the 58 individuals in the experimental group that had circles compared to the 60 individuals in the control group who applied for a circle, but did not have one.

Keywords: restorative justice, reentry planning, recidivism, desistance, public health

JEL Classification: I, K

Suggested Citation

Walker, Lorenn and Davidson, Janet, Restorative Justice Reentry Planning for the Imprisoned: An Evidence-Based Approach to Recidivism Reduction (May 10, 2018). Walker, L. & Davidson, J., 2018. Restorative justice reentry planning for the imprisoned: An evidence-based approach to recidivism reduction. In Gavrielides, T., (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice, New York, NY: Routledge.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3291843

Lorenn Walker (Contact Author)

Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice ( email )

P.O. Box 3654
Honolulu, HI 96811
United States
808 218 3712 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.hawaiifriends.org & www.lorennwalker.com

Janet Davidson

Chaminade University of Honolulu ( email )

3140 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
United States
808 739 4659 (Phone)

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