The value of finding employment for white-collar ex-offenders:A 20-year criminological follow-up

Soothill, Keith and Francis, Brian and Ackerley, Elizabeth (1997) The value of finding employment for white-collar ex-offenders:A 20-year criminological follow-up. British Journal of Criminology, 37 (4). pp. 582-592. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

The study describes a 20-year criminological follow-up of a consecutive series of 348 male ex-offenders seeking white-collar employment who were offered the services of a specialist employment agency (APEX) in the early 1970s. At the end of the 20-year follow-up, 36 per cent had been reconvicted. While only 30 per cent of those placed into employment were reconvicted compared with 42 per cent of the 'unplaced' group, this variation is explained by differences in the criminal history of the two groups. Hence, there is no evidence that the intervention of finding a job by APEX had been beneficial in reconviction terms. However, persons with three or more convictions on whom considerable placing effort had been expended - whether or not they were actually placed - did particularly well in avoiding reconviction. The interpretation is that placing effort is an indirect measure of an ex-offender's general motivation to stay out of trouble.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Criminology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1201
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code: 134553
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2019 09:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 06:46
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/134553

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