The determinants of recidivism among ex-prisoners : a survival analysis on French data

Abstract : This article explores the main determinants of the hazard of recidivism among ex-prisoners. We use a nationally-representative sample of prisoners released in 1996–1997 in France, drawn from a 5-year follow-up survey run by the French correctional administration. We estimate semi-parametric duration models which deal with violations of the proportional hazards assumption. Our results confirm the importance of gender, age, nationality, employment status and prior convictions on recidivism within 5 years after release from prison. We also find significant differences in hazards of recidivism by type of initial offense, penal status at entry, and type of release (early release under parole, etc.), while controlling for prison fixed effects. Finally, our study casts doubt on the influence of several sociodemographic variables (marital status at entry, education, homelessness) and on the effectiveness of "semi-liberte" as a way to prevent recidivism.
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European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer Verlag, 2015, 39, pp.37-56
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Benjamin Monnery. The determinants of recidivism among ex-prisoners : a survival analysis on French data. European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer Verlag, 2015, 39, pp.37-56. 〈hal-01610925〉

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