Reducing Recidivism Five State Corrections Directors Share Lessons Learned

Reducing Recidivism Five State Corrections Directors Share Lessons Learned

In decades past, the corrections director’s responsibility for offenders typically ended when they walked out the prison gate. No more. Today, those who run our state correctional systems are deeply invested in the chapter that follows incarceration – reentry and efforts to keep ex-offenders from committing new crimes.

Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project spoke recently with five state corrections directors about their strategies for reducing recidivism and the barriers that complicate the job. The overall message? Helping offenders succeed after incarceration is everyone’s business, and a top priority for states in lean economic times.

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.