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ERIC Number: EJ798092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Recidivism of Supermax Prisoners in Washington State
Lovell, David; Johnson, L. Clark; Cain, Kevin C.
Crime & Delinquency, v53 n4 p633-656 2007
This study of recidivism among Washington supermax prisoners used a retrospective matched control design, matching supermax prisoners one-to-one with nonsupermax prisoners on mental illness status and up to eight recidivism predictors. Supermax prisoners committed new felonies at a higher rate than nonsupermax controls, but the difference was not statistically significant. Prisoners released directly from supermax to the community, however, showed significantly higher felony recidivism rates than their nonsupermax controls and committed new offenses sooner than supermax prisoners who left supermax 3 months or more before prison release. Limitations, methodological issues, and policy implications are considered. (Contains 5 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington