Post-Release Employment of Desisting Inmates

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Abstract

Recent research has questioned the causal effect of employment on desistance from crime. The aim of the current study was to examine the post-release employment trajectories of Finnish inmates convicted to prison in 2004–05 (n = 1,998) who are desisting from crime, using varying criteria. While a majority of the inmates received some salary from work during the four-year follow-up, the results show that only one tenth of them were able to sustain a continued streak of employment. Instead, the proportion outside of the labour force grew with time from release. The results suggest that employment plays a limited role in the desistance processes in the current Finnish context. The potential causes for this finding are discussed, and avenues for future research are proposed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume56
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)350-369
Number of pages20
ISSN0007-0955
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • 5141 Sociology

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Post-Release Employment of Desisting Inmates. / Aaltonen, Mikko.

In: British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2016, p. 350-369.

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