First Advisor

Kris Henning

Term of Graduation

Fall 2021

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Criminology and Criminal Justice




Recidivism -- Oregon -- Case studies, Prison visits -- Oregon -- Case studies, Prediction of criminal behavior



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1 online resource (v, 65 pages)


The body of literature on prison visitation provides empirical support that visitation may influence the likelihood of recidivism. However, the literature is limited in both size and geographic representation, as more than half of studies originate from samples in Florida or Minnesota. Moreover, inconsistency in the use of measures further complicates generalizability of the findings. The following study utilizes data collected from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to examine the relationship between visitation and recidivism in Oregon. Using a sample of 29,312 adults in custody (AICs) who were released between 2011 and 2017, we test the associations of seven distinct metrics of visitation and recidivism, using rearrest. Additionally, we explore which of these metrics has the greatest association with the likelihood of rearrest. The results of the binary logistic regressions found all seven metrics were statistically significant in decreasing the odds of being rearrested (p < .001). Moreover, the findings of the analyses suggested the number of distinct people who visit had the most statistically significant, negative association with the likelihood of being rearrested. Implications of this study stress the need to reduce the barriers to prison visitation to facilitate successful reintegration.


© 2021 Teriin Lee

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