Factors related to felony recidivism in Texas




Benning, Robert M.

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Sam Houston State University


The objective of this study was to conduct an inquiry into the problem of felony recidivism in Texas. Specifically, the investigation centered around the number of months men who had previously been incarcerated in and released from the Texas Department of Corrections remained free of felony arrest prior to committing a subsequent felony offense for which they were returned to prison. Of particular interest was a determination of those factors which are of predictive value in estimating the probable number of months an inmate is likely to remain free of felony arrest after being released. Identifying the significant predictors of recidivism can both increase understanding of the phenomenon and enable a more systematic evaluation to be made of the methods currently employed to rehabilitate inmates and prevent their return to crime.



Recidivists, Texas