Tag Archives: recidivism

Kansas prison system at capacity, and more growth is expected

From the article: “If the state wants to avoid spending millions of dollars on more prison bed space, said Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts, it has to continue to look at innovative programs and policies that can cut recidivism rates.”

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Study: Most criminals abuse drugs, lack treatment

From the article: “More than 60% of men arrested in five U.S. cities used at least one illegal drug, but fewer than 15% received drug treatment, a government report found.

Researchers drug tested 1,736 men in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Sacramento within 48 hours of their arrest as part of the 2012 Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Annual Report, known as ADAM II. Marijuana is the most commonly used drug, the report, released Thursday, found.”

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Mich. Department of Corrections works to offer higher education opportunities to some inmates

“We want to build the evidence that investment in postsecondary education is a cost-effective intervention and a wise use of public dollars,” said Fred Patrick of the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, an independent, nonprofit research and policy group.

“We also want to show it succeeds at reducing recidivism, supports families and contributes to the economic base of communities.”

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WI: State making progress on recidivism

From the article: “…criminal justice officials say major progress is being made in cutting back on chronic offenders who make repeat trips to the state’s adult prisons. They point to findings of a recent state Department of Corrections report on recidivism as evidence that diversionary and community-based programs are making an impact.The report revealed that the rate at which prisoners are committing new crimes following their release from prison — better known as recidivism — has been steadily declining since 1993.”

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Report: Recidivism rate declining in WI

From the article: “Are the various re-entry efforts in Wisconsin working? According to a new Department of Corrections report , the answer is yes. It shows the rate at which prisoners are committing new crimes after their release from prison is on a downward trend.” Read the article here.

Taking a look at the DOC report, recidivism decreased by 28.5% in 14 years: in 1993, the recidivism rate was the highest at 45.3%, to 2007, when it was 32.4%.  Access the report here.

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States Report Reductions in Recidivism

Report from the Council of State Governments that highlights Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oregon for their reductions in recidivism rates.  Ohio has one of the most notable, with an 11 point drop.  Given Ohio’s sentencing reform in 2011 (HB 86), recidivism is expected to drop even lower, as inmates are funneled toward evidence-based programming based on their risk level and criminogenic needs.

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Few Wyo. inmates return to prison

From the article: “Wyoming continues to see a relatively low number of inmates returning to prison after being released.”

“A new state report shows that less than 10 percent of Wyoming inmates who were released in 2009 returned to prison within three years because of a new felony conviction.”

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Blog/Opinion: Making prison worse doesn’t reduce crime. It increases it.

I have certainly seen the studies that have found that harsher prison conditions negatively impact recidivism, and I use them when discussing prisons with people who would like all prisons to be run by Sheriff Arpaio.  However, I can also think of other ways for Norway to spend its money than on a three room suite for a mass murderer.  There’s a balance somewhere in the middle.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/24/making-prison-worse-doesnt-reduce-crime-it-increases-it/

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