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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Natural experiment follows natural disaster

David Kirk

David Kirk

Many residents of New Orleans could not go home after Hurricane Katrina devastated their neighborhoods.

This was not such a bad thing for people being released from prison, says David Kirk, an assistant professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin.

In fact, Kirk’s recent research, published in the June issue of American Sociological Review, indicates that those not returning to the old neighborhood had a better chance of staying out of prison than those who went back to
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