Reentry and recidivism

Reentry and recidivism

Reentry and recidivism

CAPPS conducts research to dispel common myths about the recidivism rate, especially recidivism rates for special populations, such as sex offenders.  These myths underlie many of the sentencing and parole policies driving Michigan’s corrections costs.

CAPPS also addresses Michigan Department of Corrections administrative policies that control the number of parole revocations for technical violations. Revoking parole for infractions of rules, rather than new crimes, and sending individuals back to prison for long periods of time drives up Michigan’s average prison length of stay.

CAPPS supports investments in evidence-based programs and services proven to improve prisoners’ success after they are released, including family focused supports. In addition, CAPPS supports efforts to reduce the employment, legal and social barriers people face after incarceration.


1 Comment

  1. William C. Vohwinkle
    July 27, 2015

    I am glad to see your organization working toward the reform of our current criminal justice policies. I am curious about your position on Michigan “Ban-the-Box” legislation introduced in the state House of Representatives as HB 4208 in the 2015-16 legislative session. I happen to think it as a fairly harmless proposal, now gaining national momentum, that bans the question of past criminal convictions from employment applications. Though few, studies show that when ex-offenders have the opportunity to discuss a past criminal conviction with an employer during an interview, they have a considerably better chance of being hired. Meanwhile, a multitude of research confirms unemployment is the single-most important factor of recidivism. Consequently, “Ban-the-Box” makes social and economic sense.+

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