Vermont’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

October 16, 2018

States across the country are recognizing that reducing recidivism among people leaving prison and jail requires a comprehensive approach that reaches all aspects of the corrections system.

Through the Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction (SRR) grant program, states are taking important steps to examine current policies and practices and develop practical, data-driven plans to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

Following four principles of corrections system improvement—organizational development, use of risk and needs assessments, quality improvement, and data collection and management—states like Vermont participate in SRR in an effort to reduce the likelihood of recidivism for every person under correctional supervision.

Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) leaders committed to realigning the state’s correctional culture according to these principles. To reach that goal, agency leaders completed a top-down review of policies and procedures and solicited input from DOC staff.

Learn more about recidivism reduction strategies in Iowa, another SRR state.

You might also be interested in

Career Training for Incarcerated Youth: Q&A with Scott Stump

A conversation with U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Scott Stump explores the critical important of workforce development…

Read More

From Prison to Work: STRIVE Job-Readiness Training Leads to a Living Wage for Some in San Diego

Reentering the community can be a jarring experience. STRIVE, a San Diego-based organization, demonstrates how job readiness programs…

Read More

Explainer: The Significance of Pennsylvania’s Justice Reinvestment Bills

Pennsylvania's Justice Reinvestment legislation, signed into law in December 2019, is expected to save the state millions and…

Read More