Jesse Capece, MSW, LICSW will be focusing his dissertation research on exploring how stipulations of release impact perceptions of employability and employment outcomes for former prisoners in Rhode Island. Most prisoners leave the institution and begin serving time on probation. While on probation, former inmates must comply with a variety of mandates (such as going to court to pay fines, meeting with their probation officer, or attending a treatment program for substance abuse). Currently, we do not know how those release stipulations are impacting a former prisoner’s ability to get and keep a job. There is a wealth of research that suggests that employment is the most significant variable when it comes to decreasing recidivism. Social workers would be remiss to not explore if release stipulations, which have not yet demonstrated that they decrease recidivism, are impacting the one variable that actually does decrease recidivism. Jesse’s proposed research will explore any such relationships.
Rhode Island College