Do Prison Work-Release Programs Improve Subsequent Labor Market Outcomes? Evidence from the Adult Transition Centers in Illinois

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Abstract

This study examines the impact of adult transition centers (ATCs) in Illinois on postimprisonment earnings and employment. As a work-release program, ATCs are designed to help state prisoners prepare for release through job training and employment opportunities. Using releases from minimum-security prisons as the comparison group, this study finds that ATC assignment modestly improves employment while successful ATC release positively affects earnings and employment. The possible selection bias and their implications for causal inference are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-402
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adult transition center
  • earnings and employment
  • quantitative research
  • treatment and selection
  • work-release program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Law

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