Recidivism: Perception versus Reality

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Recidivism: Perception versus Reality

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Charles Cordova
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Dr. Scott Culhane
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Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming
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4/24/2010

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly half of all people released from prison will return within three years (BJS). According to Researcher Peter Katel (2009) this revolving door of recidivism cost taxpayers approximately 47 billion dollars in 2008. The objective of this study is to seek possible explanations for current recidivism rates. This will be done by measuring public perception of recidivism, then comparing that data with actual rates of recidivism using survey research at the University of Wyoming and in Laramie Wyoming. We will be able to gauge if public perception is above, below, or in-line with reality. If it is much higher than actual recidivism rates, we argue that labeling theory is most applicable, as criminals are fulfilling societal expectations by going back to prison. If perceptions of recidivism rates are lower then actual numbers, we can rule out labeling as a main cause and focus our attention on other theories for explanations of criminal recidivism. This study is important because our current system of dealing with recidivism is not working. If we can pinpoint the cause of recidivism, we can save billions of dollars, and help lead millions who have been through our prison system to productive lives.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2010 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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Undergraduate Research Day

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Undergraduate Research Day 2010

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