U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Examining the Effects of Residential Situations and Residential Mobility on Offender Recidivism

NCJ Number
Crime & Delinquency Volume: 61 Issue: 3 Dated: April 2015 Pages: 375-401
Date Published
April 2015
27 pages

Drawing from theories of social control, this study examined the time-varying effects of six different residential situations and residential mobility on offenders' odds of recidivism during the year immediately following their release from prison.


Analyses of data collected on a statewide sample of offenders released under supervision in Ohio generated results favoring a control perspective. Both residential mobility and residential situations such as living with a spouse or parent were relevant for understanding differences among offenders in their odds of recidivism. Stable characteristics of offenders such as gender and prior criminal history were also linked to recidivism. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: April 1, 2015