The relationship between length of incarceration and recidivism: PS83-3/389E-PDF

"There is considerable debate in the literature regarding the link between sentence length and recidivism. Consistent with a specific deterrence perspective, some research findings support the perspective that longer sentences will deter future re-offending. In contrast, others have found either no link or criminogenic effects, whereby longer sentences result in more re-offending. Data collected by Correctional Service Canada offer a unique opportunity to systematically explore the relationship between sentence length and recidivism using data from a Canadian federal penitentiary context. This study examined recidivism occurring both before and after warrant expiry"--Executive summary, p. iii.

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Department/Agency Correctional Service Canada. Research Branch.
Title The relationship between length of incarceration and recidivism
Series Title Research report ;
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: Lien entre la durée de l’incarcération et la récidive. "June 2017."
Date 2017.
Number of Pages vi, 32 p.
Catalogue Number
  • PS83-3/389E-PDF
Subject Terms Imprisonment, Inmates, Crime