September 25, 2012

Prison rehab tied to parole decisions

According to a new study co-authored by Simon Fraser University economics professor Steeve Mongrain, parole board decisions can have a huge impact on whether or not prisoners are motivated to rehabilitate.

The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, has just published their study Rehabilitated or Not: An Informational Theory of Parole Decisions online.

Mongrain and his colleagues argue that parole boards need to consider the length of prisoners’ original sentences, as well as their behaviour in prison, in granting early parole and determining eligibility for parole review.