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Recidivism Programs at a Glance
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Recidivism Practice Outcomes at a Glance
Total Number of Practices: 22

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Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) / Randomized Field Experiment

Refers to an experimental research design in which participants are randomly assigned to a treatment or a control group. Most social scientists consider random assignment to lead to the highest level of confidence that observed effects are the result of the program and not other variables.

Corrections & Reentry


Recidivism is the act of relapsing into a problem or criminal behavior during or after receiving sanctions, or while undergoing an intervention due to a previous behavior or crime. In criminal justice settings, recidivism is often measured by criminal acts that result in rearrest, reconviction, or return to prison.



OJP Publications

Evaluating the Effects of Realignment Practices on Recidivism Outcomes, NIJ-Sponsored, 2018

Desistance from Crime over the Life Course, NIJ-Sponsored, September 2018

Risk Assessment and Behavioral Health Screening Project, OJJDP-Sponsored, September 2018

Risk Assessment and Behavioral Health Screening (RABS) Project Final Technical Report, OJJDP-Sponsored, July 2018
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50-State Report on Public Safety: Tools and Strategies To Help States Reduce Crime, Recidivism, and Costs, BJA-Sponsored, July 2018

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