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Assessing the Effects of Exposure to Supermax Confinement on Offender Postrelease Behaviors

NCJ Number
Prison Journal Volume: 97 Issue: 3 Dated: 2017 Pages: 275-295
Date Published
April 2017
21 pages
Using data collected from offenders released under postrelease supervision in Ohio, this study examined the impact of exposure to one type of penal environment, supermax confinement, on offenders' odds of recidivism and other postrelease outcomes.
A number of studies have examined whether the incarceration experience has a criminogenic, deterrent, or null effect on offenders' postrelease behaviors, but it is less clear whether exposure to different types of confinement similarly affects offenders' postrelease behaviors. The findings of the current study revealed that exposure to supermax confinement had no impact on offenders' postrelease behaviors. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: April 1, 2017