State Officials Meet in D.C. to Discuss Recidivism-Reduction Strategies


Policymakers from all 50 states, including corrections directors, legislative leaders, judges and governors’ staff, gathered today in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies to reduce recidivism through better work on prisoner re-entry into society. Laurie Robinson, assistant attorney general for Justice Programs, talked about four “core strategies”: using good risk-measurement instruments to focus on those most likely to re-offend, basing programs on “sound science,” promoting “effective community supervision,” and “targeting resources to places where most crime is committed.”

The session aims to have states set goals or expand on existing goals “for reducing reincarceration rates for individuals committing new offenses or violating the conditions of their release.” A.T. Wall, corrections director in Rhode Island and president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators, said, “We in corrections accept the challenge and the opportunity that this unprecedented forum highlights.” The event is sponsored by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and was planned with the Association of State Correctional Administrators; the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Public Welfare Foundation, and the Pew Center on the States.

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