Prison Visitation and the Likelihood of Post-Release Employment

Chantal Fahmy, Matthew Gricius, Alyssa W. Chamberlain, Danielle Wallace

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    Formerly incarcerated people have a difficult time finding employment upon release. Research has suggested the effectiveness in utilizing one’s social capital and social networks, particularly through family, as a means of securing stable employment post-prison. However, the social connections necessary—maintained via prison visitation—are often weakened due to long-term incarceration and multiple prison stints. Data from the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) are used to investigate whether individuals were able to find employment within 3 months after release. Results suggest that individuals who have committed serious crimes likely have more strained family relationships; making family members’ willingness to vouch for employment on their behalf, less likely. Implications regarding policy and practice for corrections and reentry are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2200-2224
    Number of pages25
    JournalCrime and Delinquency
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - Nov 2022


    • SVORI
    • employment
    • incarceration
    • prison visitation
    • social capital

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Law


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