Jail Recidivism "Whys" and "Hows" of Measuring
Group: Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
This paper should provide both solace to jail administrators that these are indeed difficult questions to answer directly and forthrightly, but also a challenge that measuring recidivism rates for portions of jail populations is not only feasible but critical in helping a system manage scarce correctional resources and addressing overcrowding issues. Calculating recidivism rates gives administrators a better understanding of who is coming through the front door of their jails and how best to manage them. It can provide clues to changes in other parts of the criminal justice system that would otherwise go unnoticed.
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