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  • Individual Author: Roman, Caterina G.; Link, Nathan W.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2017

    Recently released prisoners in the United States are increasingly facing the burden of financial debt associated with correctional supervision, yet little research has pursued how-theoretically or empirically-the burden of debt might affect life after prison. To address this gap, we employ life course and strain perspectives and path analysis to examine the impact of child support debt on employment and recidivism, using longitudinal data from an evaluation of a prisoner reentry program known as the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. Results indicate that having more debt has no effect on recidivism; however, more debt was significantly associated with a decrease in later legitimate employment. Implications for community reintegration and justice processing are discussed within the framework of past and emerging work on legal financial obligations, employment, and desistance from crime after prison. (Author abstract)

    Recently released prisoners in the United States are increasingly facing the burden of financial debt associated with correctional supervision, yet little research has pursued how-theoretically or empirically-the burden of debt might affect life after prison. To address this gap, we employ life course and strain perspectives and path analysis to examine the impact of child support debt on employment and recidivism, using longitudinal data from an evaluation of a prisoner reentry program known as the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. Results indicate that having more debt has no effect on recidivism; however, more debt was significantly associated with a decrease in later legitimate employment. Implications for community reintegration and justice processing are discussed within the framework of past and emerging work on legal financial obligations, employment, and desistance from crime after prison. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: da Rosa, Grace D.; Melby, Janet N.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2012

    Excerpt from Executive Summary of Report: This report was prepared for the Iowa Department of Human Services, Bureau of Collections and Child Support Recovery Unit through a contract with the Child Welfare Research and Training Project within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. Data for this report were collected from three sites (Ames, Marshalltown and Mason City) from 2010 to 2012. Project participants were Iowa males under correctional supervision while participating in 24/7 Dad®, a program of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

    At the beginning and end of the 12-week 24/7® Dad Training, participants completed a Fathering Skills Survey and a Fathering Inventory. When analyzing changes on four different domains from pre-to post-test, results suggested that the men who completed the 24/7 Dad® training improved their knowledge on all domains of the Fathering Skills Survey and became less traditional in their perceptions of male roles on the Fathering Inventory. (author abstract)

    Excerpt from Executive Summary of Report: This report was prepared for the Iowa Department of Human Services, Bureau of Collections and Child Support Recovery Unit through a contract with the Child Welfare Research and Training Project within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. Data for this report were collected from three sites (Ames, Marshalltown and Mason City) from 2010 to 2012. Project participants were Iowa males under correctional supervision while participating in 24/7 Dad®, a program of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

    At the beginning and end of the 12-week 24/7® Dad Training, participants completed a Fathering Skills Survey and a Fathering Inventory. When analyzing changes on four different domains from pre-to post-test, results suggested that the men who completed the 24/7 Dad® training improved their knowledge on all domains of the Fathering Skills Survey and became less traditional in their perceptions of male roles on the Fathering Inventory. (author abstract)