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Transitional Aid for Released Prisoners: Evidence from the Life Experiment

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  • Charles D. Mallar
  • Craig V. D. Thornton
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    Findings are presented from a controlled experiment designed to test the effectiveness of transitional aid programs for ex-prisoners in reducing theft crimes. Upon release from prison, a sample of men with high (ex ante) probabilities of committing theft crimes were enrolled in treatment and control groups. One year after release, a group receiving financial aid had significantly fewer arrests for theft crimes than did the controls. Calculations of the social benefit/cost ratio show that the benefits of transitional income maintenance substantially outweighed the costs. In contrast, the provision of job-placement assistance turned out to have no significant effect on post-release behavior.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 13 (1978)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 208-236

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:13:y:1978:i:2:p:208-236

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    1. Entorf, Horst, 2007. "Evaluation des Ma├čregelvollzugs: Grundz├╝ge einer Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse," Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics 35718, Darmstadt Technical University, Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law, Institute of Economics (VWL).
    2. Entorf, Horst & Meyer, Susanne, 2004. "Kosten und Nutzen des Strafvollzuges: Grundlagen im Rahmen einer rationalen Kriminalpolitik," Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics 37290, Darmstadt Technical University, Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law, Institute of Economics (VWL).
    3. Kenneth Avio, 1998. "The Economics of Prisons," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 143-175, September.

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