Social Networks & Reentry

  • Study Description: The Prison Inmate Networks Studies (PINS) are the first longitudinal study of social networks using a global network design in a prison setting. The goal is to combine classic perspectives on inmate social life with modern network science, survey methods, and intensive interviews to better understand how the social conditions of confinement structure inmate health, safety, rehabilitative, and reentry outcomes. Related work examines the reentry experiences of PINS study participants. Our work speaks more broadly to a host of issues critical to criminal justice policy reform in an era of mass incarceration in the United States, including the reproduction of social inequality and the role social networks may play in structuring reentry outcomes (e.g., family integration, employment, health, and recidivism). A recently funded expansion of the PINS model will focus on women's incarceration experiences and includes interviews with children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers.

  • Related Publications: On the use of social network analysis in the study of prisons, prisoners, and the reentry process: Kreager, Derek, David Schaefer, Martin Bouchard, Dana Haynie, Sara Wakefield, Jacob Young, and Gary Zajac. “Toward a Criminology of Inmate Prison Networks.” Justice Quarterly 33, 6: 1000-1028. 

  • Collaborators: Derek Kreager (PI, PSU), Gary Zajac (PSU), Martin Bouchard (SFU), Dana Haynie (OSU), David Schaefer (ASU), Michaela Soyer (Hunter), Jacob Young (ASU), and Corey Whichard (PSU)

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