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
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