Date of Graduation

Fall 2014

Degree

Master of Science in Applied Anthropology

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Margaret Buckner

Keywords

Applied anthropology, ex-offender, recidivism, desistance, employment, addiction, alcoholism, ethnography, survey, interview, life history, quantitative, qualitative

Subject Categories

Anthropology

Abstract

Incarceration and recidivism rates have increased dramatically since the 1980s, and many factors have been suggested to increase the recidivism rate. One of these factors is unemployment. This research project uses quantitative data gathering and ethnography to study ex-offenders in Springfield, Missouri to answer two related questions: Does employment affect the recidivism rate? Does being an ex-offender affect employability? The findings revealed by this research show that employment has an effect on successful desistance from crime and an effect on recidivism, and also that being an ex-offender does affect employability. Recommendations on how to reduce the recidivism rate, such as reducing probation and parole officers' caseloads, are discussed.

Copyright

© Edward Joseph Keohane

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