A Rockwool Foundation analysis seems to show that people sentenced to house arrest with ankle bracelets, or community service, do better on the labour market after their release than those sentenced to terms behind bars.
“Some will have the same job before, during and after their terms. Over and above that, it is more of a social stigma to have been in prison. It is clearer to employers that you have done something criminal,” says Rockwool Foundation Project Manager Signe Hald Andersen.
Apart from ankle bracelets, those sentenced to community service can also expect to earn more, and be less on transfer incomes than those sentenced to traditional prison sentences – particularly those serving time for violence or drunken driving.