Center on Sentencing and Corrections

The Effects of Restrictive Housing on Recidivism

The Effects of Restrictive Housing on Recidivism

The isolation of certain inmates for the protection of others or themselves is sometimes required for the sake of safety and institutional order. However, many observers have argued that restrictive housing is a form of torture, and may leave inmates at a greater risk of reoffending in the future. This study examined (a) the extent to which a cohort of released state prisoners were held in restrictive housing during their confinements, (b) whether or not they were released to the community directly from restrictive housing, and (c) whether or not these factors significantly impacted the likelihood of three types of recidivism. The results revealed that time spent in restrictive housing increased the risk of supervision revocations up to two years after release, but did not significantly increase the likelihood of rearrest or reconviction. Thus, rule-breaking behaviors appear to continue into the community, but not necessarily continued criminal offending.

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Keywords: corrections, recidivism, restrictive housing, inmate misconduct, survival analysis, disciplinary segregation, administrative segregation, restrictive housing, restricted housing, segregation, segregated housing, isolation, torture