June, 2014

The effect of prison gang membership on recidivism

  • David Skarbek

    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brown University
  • Alan Seals, Brendan Dooley

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How does prison gang membership affect recidivism? In this paper, we use a unique dataset of all releasees from prisons operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections during the month of November 2000, which includes demographic information and data on gang participation. We attempt to control for confounding factors that are traditionally associated with both prison gang membership and rearrest.

Find the article online at Science Direct.