Recidivism: A Look at Public and Private State Prison Releases

William D. Bales, Florida State University
Laura E. Bedard, Florida State University
Alan Duffee, Corrections Privatization Commission
David Ensley, Florida Department of Corrections
Glen Holley, Florida Department of Corrections
Susan T. Quinn, Florida State University

ABSTRACT
This collaborative research on the comparative recidivism rates of prison inmates released from public and private facilities is the most thorough to date. The Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Corrections Privatization Commission and Florida State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice have conducted a joint study of over 85,000 inmates released from Florida prisons between 1995 and 2001. Multiple treatment and control groups and a variety of measures of exposure to private prison custody were analyzed using survival models with rigorous statistical controls. This session will review the recently reported findings of this advanced study and discuss the dynamics of such a cooperative effort.

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Updated 05/20/2006