Encouraging Desistance from Crime

80 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2021 Last revised: 13 Dec 2021

Date Written: July 30, 2020


Half of individuals released from prison in the United States will be re-incarcerated within three years, creating an incarceration cycle that is detrimental to individuals, families, and communities. There is tremendous public interest in ending this cycle, and public policies can help or hinder the reintegration of those released from jail and prison. This review summarizes the existing empirical evidence on how to intervene with existing offenders to reduce criminal behavior and improve social welfare.

Keywords: crime, recidivism, review

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Doleac, Jennifer L., Encouraging Desistance from Crime (July 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3825106 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3825106

Jennifer L. Doleac (Contact Author)

Arnold Ventures ( email )

1717 West Loop South
Suite 1800
Houston, TX 77027
United States

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