Recidivism Case Study

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Introduction Recidivism is the repetition or habitual relapse of a crime that an individual has previously been incarcerated for. The prison population in the United States has greatly become a growing problem. According to The Bureau of Justice Statistics the current rate of recidivism is "about two-thirds of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years" (Cooper, 2014). The government is turning to the increased participation in rehabilitation programs in response to combat the high rate of recidivism, which in turn reduces the rate of individuals who are being incarcerated. The purpose of this paper is to explore the effectiveness of the rehabilitation programs provided by the government to ex-offenders who are on parole…show more content…
Ostermann 's study "was conducted in response to a law passed by the New Jersey legislators that targets this group for a mandatory six-month term of parole" (Ostermann, 2012). The individuals where released back into the communities of New Jersey with no kind of reintegration programs. The results of Ostermann 's study confirmed that individuals who forgo parole were "significantly less successful after release" (Ostermann,…show more content…
This Exploratory Study of Racial Differences seeks to reveal the differences in the response to the correctional treatments amongst two different race groups, Black and White (Spiropoulos, 2014). The study was based to view the different ways the individuals interact with their correctional program. The sample consisted of "937 male parolees (n = 658 African American, n = 279 White)" (Spiropoulos, 2014). The following were taken in to consideration when evaluating the study: age, Socioeconomic status, employment, educational attainment and marital status, intelligence and reading levels, risk of recidivism, psychological assessment, residential urbanization, and recidivism (Spiropoulos, 2014).. The study showed that Blacks were at a higher rate of recidivism due to multiple reasons in the evolution
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