Recidivism Analysis in Montgomery County, Maryland Pre-Release and Reentry Services Division

Group: Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation

URL: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COR/Resources/Files/PDF/PRRSRecivismAnalysisProjectFi...

Description

This capstone project examines recidivism as a correctional systems metric in Montgomery County, Maryland. The first component serves as a resource and springboard for CountyStat’s investigation into a recidivism measure. It explores the magnitude, causes and patterns of recidivism, generally defined as the return of an ex-offender to the criminal justice system. It explains the methodological and theoretical problems in regarding recidivism as an evaluative measure of program performance and comparing recidivism rates across jurisdictions. After identifying great diversity amongst jurisdictions in the various elements of a recidivism definition - measure type, time period, triggering act, and informing databases – this paper concludes that PRC should maintain its current definition of recidivism. The second component of this paper consists of a quantitative analysis of a sample of Montgomery County Pre-Release Center releases in 2010 and 2012. The highest rates appeared among males, young adults, those without college education, higher LSIR, African-Americans, and Drug Court offenders. Applying regression analysis reveals that the apparent differences by race and gender to be attributable to correlation with the true predictors of recidivism: age and LSIR risk. Interventions and resources should be targeted to these populations.

Tags

corrections, recidivism, county, location

Other Attributes
Sub-location
Montgomery County
Categories
Sectors (Govt, Non-Profit, etc)
Gov't
Formats
PDF
Location in resource
N/A
Internet Available?
Yes
Has population data?
No
Mappable?
No
Updated?
No
Frequency
N/A
Year(s) of Publication
2014

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