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July 12, 2011

New study highlights the critical importance of effective corrections programming

This new item at The Crime Report about some new research on recidivism highlights the critical importance of effective criminal justice programming:

A study of 20,000 former adult inmates in Ohio found that those who participated in "unsuccessful" community-based correctional programs were 32 percent more likely to re-offend than those who were not involved in a program at all.

The research, conducted by over three years by researchers from the University of Cincinnati, will be presented next week at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Researchers found that in halfway houses and other community corrections programs that had hands-on leadership, ongoing staff training and individual case plans, clients were half as likely to re-offend within two years than those who were not in programs.

Researchers looked at 64 residential treatment centers in Ohio and found that factors including community volunteer support, how rigorously the program self-monitored, and how well the staff assessed the individual needs of each client—including their marital status and reading level—made a major positive difference in outcomes.

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Much like the frequently bogus "ineffective assistance of counsel" argument, apologists have now minted the concept of "unsuccessful" community-based programs.

These programs are state-regulated and constantly monitored by probation and parole officials. If we believed a program was not up to snuff, offenders were no longer referred. As long as staff was not corrupt, there was little difference.

First, prisons were castigated as "universities of crime" now we have the concept of unsuccessful rehabilitation programs. Is is beyond the capacity of the left to place responsibility were it belongs-with the individual?

Posted by: mjs | Jul 12, 2011 10:50:41 AM

going to have to give you that one. BUT you have to recognize those programs are ALSO ran by individuals.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jul 12, 2011 2:17:16 PM


Do you have a link to the actual paper? It's hard to tell much from press releases.

The first question, of course, is how well they controlled for confounding variables, selection bias, and all that.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Jul 12, 2011 2:21:52 PM

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