By Lauren Pitzer, Criminal Justice
Advisor: Diana Sun
Abstract: One of the key purposes of rehabilitation is to reduce recidivism among offenders. This is a goal that some offenders reach, and others do not. Although research on recidivism has been well-documented, not much attention has focused on those convicted of a white-collar offense. For this reason, we want to examine whether white-collar offenders experience rehabilitation and whether a history of recidivism plays a role. In this case study, we rely on qualitative interviews from two formerly incarcerated white-collar crime offenders. Specifically, we focus on one individual who has been incarcerated three times and compare his experience to an individual who has been incarcerated eleven times. We are particularly interested in their experience with the criminal justice system and specifically look at their rehabilitation experience in three domains: 1) family involvement, 2) personal reflection, and 3) formal intervention. In this study, we identify areas that work for our participants and areas that may need improvement to better inform individuals going through rehabilitation.