Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Friday

Second Advisor

Dr. Subhash Sonnad

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Most correctional systems include pre-parole community placements. This study followed 114 inmates released to halfway house placement in one Michigan county over six years to determine the harm these inmates inflicted on the host community through new crime during halfway house placement and for three years following parole. Their criminal behavior was compared to statistical expectancies of criminal behavior for similar risk parolees. In a second analysis, the volume and seriousness of their criminal behavior was compared with non-comparable parolee controls. In both analyses, the extent and seriousness of crime by experimentals were comparable to that of controls. Criminal activity of experimentals was also compared before and after placement selection processes changed. The second time period group had lower felony rates, especially non-violent offenses during halfway house placement, despite being considered higher risk offenders on several dimensions. Selective incapacitation and reintegration theoretical models were applied to the findings.

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