Do Prison Work-Release Programs Improve Subsequent Labor Market Outcomes? Evidence from the Adult Transition Centers in Illinois

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Abstract

This study examines the impact of adult transition centers (ATCs) in Illinois on postimprisonment earnings and employment. As a work-release program, ATCs are designed to help state prisoners prepare for release through job training and employment opportunities. Using releases from minimum-security prisons as the comparison group, this study finds that ATC assignment modestly improves employment while successful ATC release positively affects earnings and employment. The possible selection bias and their implications for causal inference are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-402
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article has been supported in part by Grant 02-DB-BX-0017, awarded to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Funding Information:
I am grateful to the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Employment Security for providing me with the data. This research has been supported by the Harris School of Public Policy and the Chapin Hall Center for Children. I would especially like to thank Allen Hardin and Robert Goerge for their assistance with the data. The views expressed in this article are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of these organizations and/or individuals.

Keywords

  • adult transition center
  • earnings and employment
  • quantitative research
  • treatment and selection
  • work-release program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Law

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