Topic: Everything Education /
Need to measure success of offender programs?
Successful programs, what is success? Is it no recidivism? Over what time period? Is it a reduction in severity and/or frequency of offending? Regardless of theory, intent, or resources devoted to the issue of rehabilitation there is no, repeat no program shown to reliabilibly reduce / eliminate recidivism once age is factored in the analysis. Age is the great rehabilitor not the good intentions of staff and offenders. Some programs have shown an initial effect but that soon wears off or is so small as to be a statistical artifact. There have been very few real evaluations of programs. It would be great to have access to a state system to do an independent evaluation but that exposes both sides to some risk and agencies are hesitant to partake.