Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)
Sociology and Criminal Justice
Casey T. Harris
Second Committee Member
Under the veil of mass incarceration many of the prisoners will be released, then later readmitted for another crime or parole/probation violations, which falls under the definition of recidivism. Criminologist have attempted to shed light on indicators that explain why some individual prisoners have higher likelihoods than others. I attempt to understand the specific context (at the county level) in which prisoners are released in one point in time and see if the context in which they are released can help explain their likelihoods of recidivating, specifically in the context of religious and civic organizations. I use data from the American Community Survey for key contextual level variables, InfoGroup for religious and civic organizational density, and National Corrections Reporting Program for individual level characteristics (and to track prisoner reentry). The results indicate that there is a relationship between religious organizational density and a decreased likelihood of recidivating.
Thomas, Samuel Carlson IV, "Prison Release, Religious and Civic Contexts, and Recidivism" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 3033.