Every one-dollar increase in minimum wage decreases recidivism rates by four percent, according to a study of six million state prisoners between 2000 and 2014. The working paper is written by two economists who say their findings support arguments that higher wages in unskilled jobs make former prisoners less likely to look for illegal sources of income.
Two computer scientists, writing in the journal “Science Advances,” say the two-decade-old COMPAS system is no more accurate or fair than predictions made by people with little or no criminal justice expertise.” Over the past two decades, the program has been used to assess more than one million criminal offenders.
Pennsylvania corrections chief John Wetzel launched the two-day Washington meeting with an appeal to legislators, corrections administrators, police chiefs and health officials to work together on evidence-based solutions. Another speaker said the White House would back unspecified reforms.
A three-year study of participants in a Florida mental health court—the longest of its kind—found “significantly” lower re-arrest rates among individuals who completed the program of community-based treatment and counseling.
Texas criminologist William Kelly’s new book calls for a top-to-bottom transformation of a justice system that recycles thousands of Americans without offering them a way to change the behavior that sent them behind bars. He explains his recipe for “disruptive innovation” in a conversation with TCR.
Justice Samuel Alito Jr. wrote in an opinion published this week that sex offenders “are much more likely than any other type of offender to be rearrested for a new rape or sexual assault.” The data says he is wrong.
A report issued last week by the American Civil Liberties Union implores the business community to put people with criminal records– that’s one-third of adults in the U.S.– back to work, for the good of the economy.
Why is crime rising in the U.S. after two decades of decline? There is no simple answer, The Crime Report’s Ted Gest says on C-SPAN, but repeat criminality by former inmates and the “Ferguson Effect” appear to be contributing factors.
Almost half of federal offenders tracked by a U.S. Sentencing Commission study were back in trouble with the law within eight years of their release—most of them for nonviolent offenses—but their rates of recidivism and reconviction were significantly lower than for state offenders.