Child Support, Debt, and Prisoner Reentry: Examining the Influences of Prisoners' Legal and Financial Obligations on Reentry

Caterina G. Roman, Ph.D., Nathan Link, MSW; Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University
February 2015

This is the final report to the National Institute of Justice.  The research attempted to examine the influence of child support orders and related debt on recidivism using data from the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI).   The authors also examined the lagged impacts that child support obligations, legal employment, and rearrest have on each other. This project was supported by Award No. 2012-IJ-CX-0012 by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The research report was submitted to, but not published by, the Department.