The Impact of Marital and Relationship Status on Social Outcomes for Returning Prisoners

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The Impact of Marital and Relationship Status on Social Outcomes for Returning Prisoners

Abstract

While a large body of empirical research indicates that marriage is associated with criminal activity, to date little research exists on the effects of relationship status on a population of offenders returning to their communities. This study uses data on over 650 former prisoners to examine the impact of relationships on recidivism, substance use, and employment during this critical period of re-entry. Findings suggest that marriage cut the odds of recidivism and drug use in half when compared to those in casual relationships.

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