Supermax and Recidivism: AN Examination of the Recidivism Covariates Among a Sample of Supermax Ex-Inmates

Jesenia M. Pizarro, Kristen M. Zgoba, Sabrina Haugebrook

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Abstract

This study examines the recidivism covariates of 610 released inmates who were confined in a supermax unit in 2004. Follow-up data (an average of 66 months from prison release in 2004) were collected for each inmate to assess the recidivism covariates of those who re-engaged in crime after prison release. The findings show that when compared with ex-supermax inmates who did not recidivate, those who did were younger, more likely to be serving time for a drug offense, and had a history of prior incarcerations and disciplinary infractions while incarcerated. Time to recidivate, however, was significantly predicted by gang membership, length of sentence, and prior substance abuse history. The implications of this research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-197
Number of pages18
JournalThe Prison Journal
Volume94
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • administrative segregation
  • recidivism
  • supermax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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