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DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

Corrections

Jerry Bartruff, Director

Mission Statement:
To advance successful offender reentry to protect the public, employees, and offenders from victimization.

Measures:
Rate of return to prison within 3 years of release
Prison inmates completing GEDs prior to discharge
Prison Overcrowding

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Highlighted Measure:

Rate of return to prison.

Data Source: Department of Corrections

 

Updated 12/20/2016

GRAPH - Rate of Return to Prison Within 3 Years of Release

 

Why this is important:
The primary purpose is public safety, through reducing the likelihood of new crimes being committed by repeat offenders.


What we're doing about this:
The Department of Corrections and district departments of correctional services are continuously working to improve provision of evidence-based treatment for offenders both while in prison and upon release. By evaluating what works, we can stop doing what doesn't work, and maximize the return on investment of each corrections dollar spent. It's working. Offenders released in more recent years are less likely to return to prison than those released in the past.

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Highlighted Measure:

Increase in prison inmates completing their GED prior to discharge.

Data Source: Department of Corrections

 

Updated 02/07/2017

GRAPH - Prison Inmates Completing GEDs Prior to Discharge

Why this is important:
The primary purpose is public safety, through reducing the likelihood of new crimes being committed by repeat offenders. According to the Correctional Education Association, prison inmates who are involved in education are less likely to be re-arrested, re-convicted and re-incarcerated than non-participants.


What we're doing about this:
Currently, 1,528 prison inmates have less than a high school education, which is an increase from the past number of 1,459. The Department contracts with community colleges to provide GED classes to offenders in prison in order to reduce their chances of re-offending, and increase their chances of obtaining a job when released.


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Highlighted Measure:

Total number of inmates, as a percent of prison capacity.

Data Source: Department of Corrections

 

Updated 12/20/2016

GRAPH - Prison Overcrowding

Why this is important:
The primary purpose is responsible prison management. Prison overcrowding is often a contributing factor in the likelihood of conditions suits being filed. Also, to the extent that our prison system holds offenders who are at low risk to commit violent crimes or other acts of victimization, paying for their incarceration is a waste of taxpayer dollars. It makes economic sense to place more emphasis on reentry to hold offenders accountable, shoulder their responsibilities to their families and past victims, and become productive, taxpaying citizens.



What we're doing about this:
The Department of Corrections is employing strategies to increase the number of release recommendations to the Parole Board, and improve pre-release planning.


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