The line about "what works" refers to a set of correctional theories about community supervision centered around treatment and other relatively intensive rehabilitation programs. I'm looking forward to reading the linked report (pdf) and may have more to say on the subject of "desistance" after that, but thought I'd pass the resource along.When you get a chance you might want to check out this report from the UK Ministry of Justice (pdf) that recently reviewed the evidence in support of rehabilitative efforts that address criminogenic needs. The reading is not pleasant. About the only programs that address criminogenic needs that correlate to a reduction in recidivism are employment and cognitive programs. It appears that "what works" isn’t working so well. The problem is that if we keep doing the same thing over and over again, the reduction in recidivism will plateau and we will be expending more resources and getting diminishing results.I am not suggesting that we abandon our treatment efforts but we need to implement a new strategy for reducing recidivism. The Europeans for several years now have been looking at “desistance.” Desistance examines the factors as to why some people eventually quit a life of crime and then try to implement strategies that encourage desistance in others. ... So far desistance has not been getting much attention in the US, much less Texas. Everyone wants to rely solely on a treatment model, even if the evidence in support of such of model isn’t all that great and the evidence for a desistance model is encouraging.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Desist! Rethinking 'What Works'
A Texas probation department director sent me a note this week declaring:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 1:23 PM