Kerrie K. Metress, Brinley R. Zieg


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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The purpose of this study was to determine the association between a halfway house work release program in Washington state and the recidivism of adult male offenders. Recidivism data was collected on a variety of outcomes including rearrest offense type, reconviction, and reincarceration. However, in this study, we chose to measure recidivism using any criminal offense type given that a record of committing a new offense inherently signifies rearrest. The data set used in this study was collected from Washington state public prison records across the years 1990 to 1993, with information on 218 program participants, to test hypotheses using correlational and logistic regression analyses. While the results showed halfway house participants recidivated at a lower rate than non-participants, the difference was not statistically significant. Additional variables were studied such as years of education, drug dependency, alcohol dependency, and race, but none were found to be statistically significant in the model.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mark A. Morgan

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

The Influence of Halfway House Work Release Programs on Recidivism