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Assessing the Effectiveness of Correctional Sanctions

Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of Correctional Sanctions.
Name(s): Cochran, Joshua C., author
Mears, Daniel P., author
Bales, William D., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2014-06-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objectives: Despite the dramatic expansion of the US correctional system in recent decades, little is known about the relative effectiveness of commonly used sanctions on recidivism. The goal of this paper is to address this research gap, and systematically examine the relative impacts on recidivism of four main types of sanctions: probation, intensive probation, jail, and prison. Methods: Data on convicted felons in Florida were analyzed and propensity score matching analyses were used to estimate relative effects of each sanction type on 3-year reconviction rates. Results: Estimated effects suggest that less severe sanctions are more likely to reduce recidivism. Conclusions: The findings raise questions about the effectiveness of tougher sanctioning policies for reducing future criminal behavior. Implications for future research, theory, and policy are also discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460382618 (IID), 10.1007/s10940-013-9205-2 (DOI)
Publication Note: The final publication is available at Springer via”.
Preferred Citation: Cochran, Joshua C., Daniel P. Mears, and William D. Bales. 2014. “Assessing the Effectiveness of Correctional Sanctions.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 30(2):317-347.
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 30

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Cochran, J. C., Mears, D. P., & Bales, W. D. (2014). Assessing the Effectiveness of Correctional Sanctions. Journal Of Quantitative Criminology. Retrieved from