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Recidivism Reconsidered: Preserving the Community Justice Mission of Community Corrections

harvard kennedy school largeThis report from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy argues that recidivism, when used as the sole measure of effectiveness for community corrections agencies, encourages inappropriate comparisons of dissimilar populations and focuses policy on negative, rather than positive, outcomes. The report recommends using more than just recidivism data to assess justice policies and encourages the use of more flexible and positive outcome measures, including an increased focus on criminal desistance and the social integration of people on probation or parole.