It’s what is happening—and has been for several decades—in prisons, as this article from National Public Radioreports.
“In popular lore — movies, books and blogs — criminals who go to prison don’t come out reformed. They come out worse.
“Scientists who have attempted to empirically analyze this theory have reached mixed conclusions, with analyses suggesting that activities like drug addiction or gangs are what determines whether the correctional system actually gets criminals to correct their ways.
“What else could be at work?
“Donald T. Hutcherson II, a sociology professor at Ohio University in Lancaster, recently decided to tackle the question by mining the vast data in the U.S. government’s National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.
“The survey conducts incredibly detailed and confidential interviews, and then repeats those interviews with the same people year after year — often going to extraordinary lengths to track down those who may have…
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