The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) recently released Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results which highlights "statewide recidivism data for adults released in 2007 and 2010 with a three-year follow-up period, offering a current snapshot of criminal justice outcomes in these states." The report, which features work done by Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy & Planning and panelist for the 2013 Stowe Prize program with Michelle Alexander, reveals that Connecticut is one of only eight states nationally that have reduced recidivism rates. Clearly, there is still work to be done and the featured strategies must be applied in more states.
What do recidivism rates mean for the future of our society and the prison system? How can we change criminal behaviors and continue to reduce recidivism rates? How will you advocate for continue criminal justice reform in your state?
Be sure to explore the Reducing Recidivism report and watch the Increasing Public Safety, Reducing Recidivism, and Cutting Corrections Spending presentation below.