The Porous Prison: A Note on the Rehabilitative Potential of Visits Home

Eric P. Baumer, Ian O'donnell, Nicola Hughes

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Abstract

A follow-up study of 19,955 releases from Irish prisons shows interesting variation in rates of recidivism. Prisoners who, during their sentences, were occasionally allowed to venture outside for vocational or family-related purposes were significantly less likely to be reimprisoned. This held true up to 4 years after their eventual release and is a clear empirical demonstration of the benefits, other than humanitarian, of maintaining prisoners' social capital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalThe Prison Journal
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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