A talk by Georgios Georgiou, visiting assistant professor of economics, Lawrence University: Does Increased Post-Release Supervision of Criminal Offenders Reduce Recidivism?
Approximately 4.8 million offenders are on community supervision in the United States but there does not exist compelling evidence that supervision is effective. This paper examines the effect of different levels of supervision on offenders’ recidivism rates. Using data from Washington State and a regression discontinuity design, I compare offenders whose risk characteristics are similar but who received different levels of post-release supervision. I find that offenders who received more supervision were not less likely to reoffend. The result holds for high-risk and low-risk offenders and for various types of recidivism.
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