Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: How Appearance Influences Rearrest and Reconviction

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December 2023
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This thesis aims to describe the influence appearance has on rearrest and reconviction for individuals within the United States Criminal Justice system and analyze how visible scars, marks, and tattoos influence rearrest and reconviction rates. The dataset for the analysis comes from “The LoneStar Project, Texas Study of Trajectories, Associations, and Reentry” and includes information on a cohort of individuals released from prison between 2015 and 2016. This thesis examines two research questions. First, do visible scars, marks, or tattoos impact the likelihood of rearrest? Second, for those who are rearrested, do visible scars, marks, or tattoos impact the likelihood of reconviction? Each research question is tested through chi-square analyses and binary logistic regression analyses. Results explain that visible scars, marks, or tattoos have a statistically significant relationship with rearrest likelihood.

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Criminal Justice
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