Before the Next Storm: Some Evidence-based Reminders about Temporary Release

Leonidas Cheliotis

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This article offers a long overdue comprehensive review of the literature on the effectiveness of temporary release programs for prisoners. Following an account of how the public and criminal justice workers view temporary release, and against the 'nothing works' proposition, it is shown that while in the community, prisoners tend to spend their time constructively and comply with the rules and regulations of temporary release; both home leave and work release schemes can be effective in reducing recidivism rates, and work release in particular may also enhance post-release employment prospects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-32
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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