The Correctional Carrot: The Prospect of Reducing Recidivism through Improved Job Opportunities


Journal Article (Academic article)

How can men who have been released from prison be deterred from returning to crime? Our present “correctional” system does not correct, and most experiments with innovative rehabilitation techniques have reached negative conclusions. The most promising avenue for future research is job creation and on-the-job training programs for released prisoners. Original results presented here give an empirical characterization of the labor market confronting parolees and demonstrate that job satisfaction is associated with parole success.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cook, PJ

Published Date

  • January 1975

Published In

  • Policy Analysis

Start / End Page

  • 11 - 54