Fatherhood and Reoffending after Release from Prison: The Importance of Co-Residing With a Partner and Children

Simon D. Venema*, Anja J.E. Dirkzwager, Marieke Haan, Paul Nieuwbeerta, Eric Blaauw, René Veenstra

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Abstract

Little is known about the link between fatherhood and reoffending among people released from prison. This study examined the association between fatherhood, residential status, and registered reconviction rates using data from a Dutch pre-trial prison cohort sample (N = 845, 42.5% fathers). The results show that fathers who co-resided with a partner and children 6 months after release from prison were significantly less likely to be reconvicted 18 months after release than non-fathers and fathers who did not reside with a partner and children. This paper concludes that fathers’ larger family context and reoffending risk factors need to be viewed in conjunction to understand the relationship between fatherhood and reoffending after release from prison.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCrime and Delinquency
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24-Aug-2023

Keywords

  • correctional facilities
  • corrections
  • incarcerated individuals
  • offending
  • recidivism

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