Parole Supervision and Re-offending: A propensity score matching analysis


With most prisoners released from custody eventually returning to custody (estimated 74% for NSW Indigenous prisoners), this research by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research examines NSW offender data from 2009-2010 to consider the impact of supervision. The research finds strong evidence that offenders released from prison on parole are less likely to re-offend than offenders released from prison without any supervision. It was also found that parolees supervised more intensively were less likely to re-offend than those supervised less intensively, provided that intensive supervision included rehabilitative support. This study was funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology?s Criminology Research Grants Program 2012-13.

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