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Do Harsher Prison Conditions Reduce Recidivism? A Discontinuity-Based Approach
May. 24, 2007
The effect of harsh prison conditions on recidivism rates is examined. Five sections follow an abstract: introduction; background and data description; effects of confinement conditions on recidivism; policy implications; conclusion, and an appendix explaining how the U.S. Bureau of Prisons assigns a prisoner a security custody score. Findings from this research "suggest that harsher prison conditions do not reduce post-release criminal behavior, and may even increase it" (p. 16).