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Effects of Mixing Offenders with Non-Offenders: Findings from a Danish Quasi-Experiment

NCJ Number
Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention Volume: 12 Issue: 1 Dated: 2011 Pages: 80-99
Linda Kjaer Minke
Date Published
20 pages
This study examined the effects of mixing offenders with non-offenders.
This study examines the effects of mixing offenders with non-offenders at Skejby half-way house in Denmark. Skejby half-way house constitutes an outstanding social experiment, as offenders are deliberately mixed with non-offenders in order to reduce their risk of recidivism. The treatment group consists of offenders who have stayed at Skejby half-way house while the controls are selected from residents of four other half-way houses. A Cox regression analysis reveals that the probability of reoffending is 21 percent lower for the treatment group than it is for the control group. (Published Abstract)