Category: recidivism reduction

Infographic: The Importance of Implementing Risk and Needs Assessments Successfully

Risk and needs assessments are critical tools that corrections and community supervision agencies can use to help them accomplish their goals of reducing recidivism and using resources efficiently. The results of these assessments can help agencies estimate risk of recidivism among the people they supervise, identify the specific needs of individuals, and make more informed …

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Returns on Investments in Recidivism-Reducing Programs

This policy brief from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors discusses the economic costs of crime and the effectiveness of programs to reduce recidivism. The report reviews the evidence on the underlying factors that determine the value of such prison programs and provides estimates on their rates of return, focusing on programs delivered inside correctional …

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Justice Reinvestment: How States Use Data to Design Innovative Strategies to Reduce Crime, Recidivism, and Costs

State policymakers are grappling with upticks in violent crime, the opioid epidemic, people who have mental illnesses in the justice system, high rates of recidivism, and the high cost of corrections, all while trying to improve services for victims and increase opportunities for people returning to communities from jail and prison. To tackle these issues, …

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Michigan Recidivism Rate Falls to Its Lowest Level at 28.1 Percent

Medium/Michigan Department of Corrections The number of Michigan offenders who return to prison has reached its lowest level since the state began recording three-year re-incarceration rates. Michigan’s recidivism rate, which measures the percentage of offenders who return to prison within three years of release, has dropped to 28.1 percent, placing Michigan among the top 10 …

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Imperial County Looks to Reduce Recidivism with Unique Education Program

California State Association of Counties By David Liebler Step inside this college classroom and at first glance, you will see a scene played out at many community colleges throughout California. Casually dressed coeds sit at their desks, listening to their instructor, answering questions and participating in discussions. Inspirational sayings can be found on the walls …

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Report Shows Double-Digit Drop in South Carolina Inmates Who Return to Prison after Release

The Post and Courier By Gregory Yee A seven-year effort to overhaul South Carolina’s criminal justice system is yielding promising results. A Council of State Governments Justice Center report released Thursday highlighted reform efforts to reduce recidivism — defined as when a criminal re-offends — in seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, South …

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