Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Post-Release Employment of Desisting Inmates

Recent research has questioned the causal effect of employment on desistance from crime. 

The aim of the current study was to examine the post-release employment trajectories of Finnish inmates convicted to prison in 2004–05 (n = 1,998) who are desisting from crime, using varying criteria. 

While a majority of the inmates received some salary from work during the four-year follow-up, the results show that only one tenth of them were able to sustain a continued streak of employment. Instead, the proportion outside of the labour force garew with time from release. 

The results suggest that employment plays a limited role in the desistance processes in the current Finnish context. The potential causes for this finding are discussed, and avenues for future research are proposed.

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Mikko Aaltonen, University of Helsinki/Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, PO Box 10 (Pitk√§nsillanranta 3 a), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland;

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