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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today announced the release of the Department of Corrections' 2013 Recidivism Report.
"To get a true picture of whether our state prison system is meeting its goal of reducing future crime, we need to look at more than just the reincarceration of an individual," Wetzel said. "We need to look at rearrests as well to see the whole picture of how and when individuals come into contact again with the criminal justice system."
This groundbreaking and comprehensive study represents the keystone of the Corbett Corrections Reform initiative, Wetzel said. It establishes a "new normal" in the state's criminal justice system by focusing on reducing crime by studying reincarceration and rearrest rates.
"The 'new normal' is to expect and require quantifiable results based upon a corrections system that helps offenders to help themselves and a system that is based on research rather than anecdotal stories and innuendo," Wetzel said.
In the report, recidivism is defined three ways:
Rearrest – the first instance of arrest after an inmate is released from state prison.
Reincarceration – the first instance of returning to state prison after an inmate is released from state prison.
Overall Recidivism – the first instance of any type of rearrest or reincarceration after an inmate is released from state prison.
Highlights from the report, which includes statistical information going back to 2000, include:
Also included in this report are recidivism statistics for community corrections centers. The last analysis of the community corrections system was in 2009 and was conducted by Dr. Edward Latessa of the University of Cincinnati.
"We know from this updated analysis that we have a lot of work to do to improve outcomes in our community corrections system," Wetzel said. "Fortunately, many of the legislative changes accomplished through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative are specifically targeted toward improving this system. Again, this report sets the baseline for going forward, as we focus the community corrections system around performance-based recidivism reduction outcomes."
Highlights of the report specific to community corrections are:
To view the report in its entirety, visit www.cor.state.pa.us.
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