Reducing Recidivism

The Department of Corrections has a mission to help people on parole make positive changes and become law-abiding citizens. To this end, the agency targets high-risk/high-need people with intensive programs – such as housing and employment training – both prior to and upon release to the community.

The Lab is working with the Division of Parole in the Department of Corrections and Mathematica Policy Research, a national nonpartisan research organization, to conduct a systems-mapping project to understand how state prisons determine which people receive which types of support and how often they violate parole and return to prison. The project lays the foundation for future rigorous studies of the impact of specific transition services on recidivism.