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    Funding Restored for the Second Chance Act

    On Friday, November 18, 2011, President Obama's signing of the “minibus” appropriations bill restored funding for the Second Chance Act in the amount of $63 million. The Second Chance Act (P.L. 110-199) was first signed into law in April, 2008 and was designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities from prisons and jails. The legislation authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment...
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    PEW State-by-State Study Reveals 40% Recidivism Rate

    A recently released report from The PEW Center on the States entitled, State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons , cites the ongoing issue of high recidivism rates despite the funding of over $50 billion per year on corrections. A key component of this study is a comprehensive survey of recidivism on an individual state level, revealing wide differences in recidivism rates. From the executive summary: 43.3 percent of those sent home from prison in 2004 were reincarcerated...
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    Reducing Recidivism: A Review of Effective State Initiatives

    A new report, issued by Justice Strategies and commissioned by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, will be presented today at a hearing before the Colorado legislative Judiciary Committees. While addressed to the Colorado audience, Reducing Recidivism: A Review of Effective State Initiatives discusses efforts and evaluative research in several states, with particular emphasis on Maryland's Proactive Community Supervision program.
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    What Contributes to Recidivism?

    The Urban Institute has released a double whammy examining factors contributing to recidivism. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the Massachusetts Recidivism Study contains three interrelated study components addressed in two new reports. Massachusetts Recidivism Study: A Closer Look at Releases and Returns to Prison analyzes DOC administrative data and recidivism on a variety of statistical and demographic fronts. Its companion report, Reincarcerated: The...
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    Violence Prediction - In the Institution, and After Release

    How well do risk assessment tools predict institutional violence or violent recidivism? Once again, Canada's Public Safety department takes a thoughtful look at an important question. In the newly posted report, Assessing the Utility of Risk Assessment Tools and Personality Measures in the Prediction of Violent Recidivism for Adult Offenders , authors Campbell, French, and Gendreau conduct a meta-analysis of studies examining the effectiveness of tools such as the LSI-R, VRAG, SIR, HCR-20,and...
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    Returning Home: How Can Reentry Be Improved?

    The Urban Institute has been examining reintegration issues in a series of in depth reports, Returning Home : Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry. A new release, One Year Out : Experiences of Prisoners Returning to Cleveland, details the challenges offenders face in real life and identifies factors associated with reintegration success and failure.
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    What Works in Assessing Sex Offender Recidivism Risk

    How does professional clinical judgment stack up against actuarial measures in assessing which sexual offenders will offend again? Canada's Public Safety department takes on this question in a new meta-analysis of evaluations. Results can be read in the report, The Accuracy of Recidivism Risk Assessments for Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis .
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