ERIC Number: ED253796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Relationships between Recidivism and the Reentry Experiences of Juvenile Offenders.
Feis, Carolyn L.
The transition from the restrictive prison environment to freedom has been related to stress and renewed criminal behavior. To examine the relationship betwen postrelease adjustment and recidivism, data from 27 juveniles' self-reports of the qualitative aspects of their release experiences were examined 1 year after their release. Subsequent detentions, reasons for detention, agencies requesting the detention, and the amount of time between the first studied detention/release and subsequent detentions were recorded. Results indicated that of the 27 participants, four were redetained only once (15 percent), while six (22 percent) were redetained twice, and one was redetained three times within 1 year. Over 63 percent of those redetained were charged with violation of probation and court orders. The smoothness of the transition experience as reported by the youths was negatively correlated with the likelihood of recidivism. No relationship was found between the amount of time in detention and recidivism, between placement location and recidivism, or between the amount of time in the community and the amount of time of the subsequent detention. Some of the findings of this study are consistent with what is indicated in the literature on the recidivism of adults. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-27, 1984). For related research, see CG 017 998.