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Longitudinal Analysis of Reparative Probation and Recidivism

NCJ Number
240036
Date Published
June 2012
Length
14 pages
Author(s)
Gale Burford, Meredith Huey Dye, John A. Humphrey
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Annotation
This study examined the impact of Vermont’s reparative probation program on criminal recidivism.
Abstract
Longitudinal data on 9,078 probationers were used to assess the impact of Vermont’s reparative probation program on criminal recidivism. A quasi-experimental design was employed to compare 5-year reconviction rates of 6,682 standard and 2,396 reparative probationers sentenced during the years 1998, 1999, and 2000. Propensity score methods were used to address selection bias and to generate two equivalent groups of probationers for comparison. Results from a Cox regression model indicated that over the 5-year period following the imposition of the original probationary sentence, reparative probationers evidenced a significantly lower risk of reconviction than standard probationers. This disparity in recidivism was maintained when holding constant probationer’s prior record, type of offense, age, and gender. Implications for policy are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Date Created: May 31, 2012