The Collateral Effects Project: Analyzing Prison Mobility and Prisoner Reentry in Minnesota Neighborhoods

Barbara A. Schillo, Council on Crime & Justice
Leena Kurki, Council on Crime and Justice
Sarah Welter, Council on Crime & Justice
Pam Cosby, Council on Crime & Justice
Jose Mangles, Council on Crime & Justice

This study by the Racial Disparity Initiative of the Council on Crime and Justice focuses on two areas among collateral effects of imprisonment: concentration of residents who enter and exit prison in one neighborhood (prison mobilitiy) and release from prison to family and society (prisoner reentry). Prison mobility, prisoner reentry, and their effects on families and communities are examined within the same neighborhood. This paper presents results from the first research component of the project: selection of six neighborhoods from Hennepin and Ramsey counties in Minnesota (including cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul) by mapping techniques. The selection criteria are a high proportion of people of color, high arrest rates, and high prison mobility. Data are analyzed by GIS software and the variables include: 1999 arrests for selected Index Crimes, 1999 admissions to Minnesota state prisons, 1999 releases from Minnesota state prisons and population data by race and ethnicity from the 2000 U.S. Census. All variables are analyzed and mapped by location or address in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

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