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Can incarcerated felons be (re)integrated into the political system? Results from a field experiment

Gerber, Alan S., Huber, Gregory A., Meredith, Marc, Biggers, Daniel R. and Hendry, David J. (2015) Can incarcerated felons be (re)integrated into the political system? Results from a field experiment. American Journal of Political Science, 59 (4). 912 - 926. ISSN 0092-5853

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ajps.12166


How does America’s high rate of incarceration shape political participation? Few studies have examined the direct effects of incarceration on patterns of political engagement. Answering this question is particularly relevant for the 93% of formerly incarcerated individuals who are eligible to vote. Drawing on new administrative data from Connecticut, we present evidence from a field experiment showing that a simple informational outreach campaign to released felons can recover a large proportion of the reduction in participation observed following incarceration. The treatment effect estimates imply that efforts to reintegrate released felons into the political process can substantially reduce the participatory consequences of incarceration.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Midwest Political Science Association
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 11:50
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:26

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