The effectiveness of prison for reducing drug offender recidivism: a regression discontinuity analysis
Despite the contribution of drug offender incarceration to prison growth nationally, and debates about whether this approach should be curtailed, only limited rigorous research exists that evaluates the effect of imprisonment on drug offender recidivism. To address this gap, this paper uses sentencing and recidivism data from a cohort of individuals convicted of felony drug offenses in Florida to examine the effect of imprisonment--as compared to community sanctions--on recidivism.
Mitchell, Ojmarrh, et al. "The Effectiveness of Prison for Reducing Drug Offender Recidivism: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis." Journal of Experimental Criminology, vol. 13, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-27. ProQuest, https://sc4.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1873623492?accountid=41091, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11292-017-9282-6.