What is Recidivism?
According to the National Institute Of Justice, “Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, re-conviction or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the person's release.”
Incarceration and the criminal justice system are expensive, and the costs are often borne by the taxpayers. If individuals continue to reoffend, it can lead to a cycle of arrests, convictions, and re-incarceration, increasing the financial burden on the community. In 2015, an article was published in the Journal of Public Health that outlined the community impact of incarceration. The journal discovered incarceration may exert collateral damage on the mental health of individuals, specifically children, living in high-incarceration neighborhoods, suggesting that the public mental health impact of mass incarceration extends beyond those who are incarcerated. A high rate of recidivism can strain resources such as police, courts, and prisons. When individuals continue to commit crimes, it can divert resources away from other important needs in the community.
An array of studies suggest that incarceration impacts an individual's physical health, mental health, and life stressors, while also affecting their family relationships, community structures, and increasing inequality in household wealth, with disproportionate effects on minorities and disadvantaged areas. Incarceration can pose a significant challenge to the long-term success of individuals, especially those who entered prison at a young age and lacked proper training or socialization in their youth. Children of incarcerated parents may suffer lack of support from the absence of a parent, while families as a whole may experience an array of adversities related to financial stress and trauma. A generational impact develops as chronically inadequate resources influence the cycle of incarceration across family units and communities.
Even after an individual is released, the stigma of labels can pose a significant hurdle to securing employment, often negatively affecting an individual’s sense of autonomy and ability to exercise productive action toward the outcome of their life.The longer an individual is incarcerated, the harder it is to acclimate back into the working world when released.
Our Incarcerated Education Program aims to close this gap.
About The Program
In previous years, Create Common Good has partnered with the Idaho Department of Corrections as a resource for re-entry, meaning individuals were referred to our program AFTER their release.
In November of 2022, with approval from the Dept. of Labor, we expanded our partnership with IDOC to bring our Foodservice Training Program into the Idaho prison facilities, thereby reducing the time and stress of unemployment for the recently released individuals by preparing them for the workforce BEFORE they leave.
A study produced by the RAND Corporation in 2013 found that inmates who participate in education programs are 43 percent less likely to return to prison within three years.
Our eight-week Incarcerated Education program provides individuals with a head start toward employment prior to release, removing a significant hurdle to post-incarceration prosocial employment that was not previously offered in Idaho.
In an effort to benefit those we train, their families, and Idaho as a whole, we have tailored our training program to better fit the unique needs of the incarcerated population. Our pragmatic approach to incarcerated education utilizes an interactive training program in which individuals are provided with applicable knowledge and employable skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Coursework concerning applicable knowledge is taught directly from the ServSafe Managers curriculum while coursework regarding employable skills is rooted in Moral Recognition Therapy, a branch of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, that aims to modify behavior through the reframing of thought processes with an intentional focus on moral reasoning, better decision-making, and appropriate behavior. With a critical focus on respect and peer engagement this program aims to offer an unique opportunity for systematic growth within the Idaho Department of Corrections.
In the final step of the program, CCG will assist with job placement and provide supportive re-entry resources in the individuals’ home state for three months post-release.
Meet The Classes
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