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September 25, 2012

Report from Council of State Governments indicates reduced recidivism in many states

I always enjoy reporting good crime and punishment news; I am thus pleased to highlight this press release from The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center  discussing findings that "a number of states [are] reporting significant reductions in recidivism."  The press release provides a summary of this policy brief, including these highlights:

The states profiled in the report show significant declines in their three-­year recidivism rates based on data tracking individuals released from prison in 2005 and 2007. Texas and Ohio reported reductions of 11 percent, while the Kansas rate fell by 15 percent and Michigan’s rate dropped by 18 percent.  Incorporating data through 2010 (and in some cases, through 2011), the report provides the most recent multi-state information available on recidivism....

US Senator Rob Portman (R, OH), a co-author of the Second Chance Act, applauded the states, including Ohio, for their accomplishments.  “Second Chance Act programs, in collaboration with faith-based and community organizations and local reentry coalitions, have a proven record of helping inmates turn their lives around, and I applaud their continued good efforts to reduce recidivism.  Encouraging people released from prison to become productive members of society not only strengthens communities, but also reduces the burden on taxpayers who shoulder the costs associated with incarceration.”

The brief, “States Report ReducAons in Recidivism,” highlights strategies that leaders in several states credit with helping drive down recidivism:

• In Ohio, state policymakers standardized the use of a validated risk assessment instrument to focus limited treatment and supervision resources on those individuals assessed at the highest risk for reoffending.

• In Kansas, state leaders awarded performance-based grants to community corrections agencies, partnered with local communities where recidivism rates were highest to improve post-release supervision, and enhanced housing and workforce development services to beaer meet the needs of people coming out of prison.

• Michigan officials invested heavily in the state’s Prisoner Reentry Program, prioritizing funding for housing, employment, and other transition support services in order to provide the most effective community-based programming for released individuals.

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State government agencies will not report bad news. The statistics are worthless. The police will throw crime reports in the trash. The prosecutors are at will employees, who must cater to the political hacks running their offices, and use their discretion to lower the rates of prosecution. The recidivism rate is a fuzzy shadow of the population based crime victimization survey. Get me that statistics for any meaningful conclusion.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 25, 2012 6:51:12 PM

• In Ohio, : : "to focus limited treatment and supervision resources on those individuals assessed at the highest risk for reoffending."
--Good idea.

• In Kansas, : : "improve post-release supervision...and [re-entry]".
...............&
• Michigan, : : "invested heavily in the state’s Prisoner Reentry Program, prioritizing...to provide the most effective community-based programming for released individuals".

--Everybody does this, as Gen. Schwarzkopf wrote: "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."

Posted by: Adamakis | Sep 27, 2012 1:30:13 PM

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