News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: September 28th, 2012 2:32 PM
New report highlights significant reductions in Oregon's recidivism rate
Oregon was named this week as one of seven states reporting significant reductions in recidivism. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center's National Reentry Resource Center released a policy brief Tuesday highlighting declines in three-year recidivism rates based on releases in 2005 and 2007. Oregon reported reductions of eight percent, resulting in 138 fewer individuals returning to custody.
The brief, "States Report Reductions in Recidivism," highlights strategies that leaders in seven states credit with helping drive down recidivism. Oregon's strategies include:
-delivering evidence-based programs in prison, with Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) community corrections teams, and in collaboration with community corrections partners throughout the state; -conducting individual criminal risk factor assessments to drive correctional case planning; and -targeting in-prison treatment programs to medium- and high-risk individuals.
DOC Director Colette S. Peters said, "These numbers are important because when individuals release from custody and become productive, crime-free members of society, the benefits to Oregon communities and the entire state are profound. We know that reducing the recidivism rate by one percent saves $4.3 million in annual taxpayer and victim costs."
DOC employs 4,300 staff members at 14 institutions and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. It houses more than 14,000 offenders who have been convicted of felony crimes and sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration.
The CSG Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. The Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies--informed by available evidence--to increase public safety and strengthen communities.
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