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Blended Sentencing, Early Release, and Recidivism of Violent Institutionalized Delinquents

NCJ Number
Prison Journal Volume: 91 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2011 Pages: 255-278
Chad R. Trulson; Darin R. Haerle; Matt DeLisi; James W. Marquart
Date Published
September 2011
24 pages
This study researched offending outcomes of blended sentenced offenders following early release from juvenile incarceration.
This study explores the recidivism outcomes of 1,804 serious and violent delinquents sentenced under a blended sentencing statute and released early by juvenile correctional authorities without continuing their blended sentence in adult prisons. Released at an average age of 19, roughly 50 percent of releases were rearrested for a felony-level offense postrelease. The remaining 50 percent of all releases did not incur a postrelease arrest or were rearrested for an offense no higher than a misdemeanor. Measures for assaultive institutional misconduct and prior delinquent adjudications were predictive of recidivism in models examining rearrest for any offense and rearrest for a felony only. Substance abusers, gang members, those with a gang-related commitment offense, and homicide-related state commitments were significantly more likely to be rearrested for any offense postrelease. This article ends with a discussion of implications specific to this high risk cohort of released delinquent offenders. (Published Abstract)