Reconviction rates after suspended sentences: comparison of the effects of different types of suspended sentences on reconviction in the Netherlands.

P.G.M. Aarten, A.J.M. Denkers, M.J. Borgers, P.H. van der Laan

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Abstract

Previous research has focused mainly on determining the effectiveness of suspended sentences compared with other sentences, and seldom on understanding to what extent the different types of suspended sentences reduce recidivism rates. This study examined reconviction rates of offenders (N = 1,258) who received fully or partly suspended prison sentences, with or without special conditions, in 2006 in two of the largest court districts in the Netherlands. Cox proportional hazard models revealed no difference in reconviction rates between fully and partly suspended prison sentences, with and without special conditions. However, suspended sentences without special conditions had significantly lower reconviction rates compared with special conditions that were solely control-orientated. Although there are indications that certain types of suspended sentences reduced reconviction rates more than other types, more rigorous research is still required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-158
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume2015
Issue number59
Early online date31 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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