Prisoner Reentry: Neighborhoods, Housing, Homelessness

From 2009 – 2016 I worked on the Michigan Study of Life After Prison with PIs Jeff Morenoff and David Harding at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. This study follows a cohort of prisoners released on parole in Michigan in 2003. I oversaw cleaning and analysis of residential data garnered from parole records: analyzing where former prisoners lived prior to incarceration, and all the moves they made post-release.

Publications from this research analyzed what neighborhoods parolees moved to post-release (few returned to pre-prison neighborhoods) and how prevalent housing instability (very high) and homelessness (quite low) were among parolees. Key findings include that intermediate sanctions (punishments for parole violations that are less severe than returning to prison) generate a significant amount of residential instability for parolees, and that earnings and social supports (like living with family post-release) were protective of recidivism.

Related Publications:

Claire W. Herbert, Jeffrey Morenoff, David Harding, and Liam Purvis. 2016. Policy Brief. “Residential Instability among the Formerly Incarcerated.National Poverty Center 42(April), 1-3.

Herbert, Claire W., Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and David J. Harding. 2015. “Homelessness and Housing Insecurity Among Former Prisoners.RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 1 (2): 44–79.

Harding, David J., Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and Claire W. Herbert. 2013. “Home Is Hard to Find: Neighborhoods, Institutions, and the Residential Trajectories of Returning Prisoners.The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 647 (1): 214–36.