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  1. 1. Destination: Liberation Travel Immersion Experience for Formely Incarcerated Detroit Male Youth
  2. 2. Juvenile Recidivism: What is it? Recidivism refers to a youth’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime. Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, reconviction or return to prison with or without a new sentence following the prisoner's release. 67% National Institute of Justice, 2014
  3. 3. Michigan Youth Statistics on Recidivism Michigan criminal history records show that those who recidivate commit a substantial portion of crime in Michigan. Only 11% of the 132,606 total convictions in 2013 were of individuals with no prior arrests. • 48% of those released each year will recidivate within 3 years • 19% will recidivate within 1 year of release
  4. 4. Cost of Recidivism Each instance of recidivism in Michigan costs approximately $118,746 Michigan Sentencing Policy Advisory Council • In Michigan, recidivism can also be defined as a technical violation; an arrest; adjudication (term used in juvenile cases which means conviction) • According to The Pew Charitable Trusts At least 12 state juvenile correctional facilities does not currently collect or report recidivism. • A report by the Annie E. Casey foundation found that 40% of Juvenile offenders are held in long term youth correctional facilities, a recent study found that placing juveniles in these correctional facilities actually increases the chances of juveniles reoffending. “The High Cost of Recidivism”. Michigan Policy, 2015
  5. 5. Drug Offenses Have Highest Recidivism Rates in Michigan Class 4 felony sentences range from 1-3 years. • least severe felony class in Michigan • typically have more extensive criminal histories • higher recidivism rates.
  6. 6. What Doesn’t Work! Famous Programs Based On Flawed Theories/Models • Scared Straight – deterrence theory; “make them fear prison.” o Nearly every study over the past 25 years has found dismal results, many even showing higher recidivism rates for Scared Straight participants. Has been characterized as criminal justice malpractice. • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) – didactic model; “kids don’t know drugs are bad for them.” o Most studies have found neutral effects for DARE. More recent versions of DARE, based upon cognitive-behavioral principles, have been more promising • Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s (Maricopa County Jail, Arizona) Tent Cities and Chain Gangs – more deterrence theory; “make them hate prison.” o By the jail’s own admission, its recidivism rate exceeds 60 percent. Latessa, What Works and What Doesn’t in Reducing Recidivism: Applying the Principles of Effective Intervention to Offender Reentry
  7. 7. Our Solution Give these young men their purpose and power back that society otherwise would have tried to take away from them, indefinitely. Giving them a piece of their power back that undercuts the likelihood of recidivism.
  8. 8. 24-Month Plan • Identify 8 Youth • Assign 8 Youth Mentors • Implement Curriculum/Programming • Healing-Centered Engagement • Re-entry Skills • Coping Skills • Community Service • Speaker Engagements • Character Building • Travel Immersion Experience in December over Winter Break • Past Participants become mentors for 2nd Program Year • 2nd Program year is Data Collection Year
  9. 9. Goals • Participants do not re-offend (specifically 5 years after program year) • Impact academics, behavior and attendance in schools • Participants graduate or obtain GED • 25% of participants attend college • Graduates of participants will be apart of a transition program where we monitor their progress and still offer alumni support • Get involved with greater Detroit community • Impact Legislation • Obtain & Maintain Partnerships
  10. 10. Data Collection • Qualitative Data: • Surveys from participants • Surveys from guardians of participants • Interviews with participants and mentors • Quantitative Data • Participant Recidivism Rate • Participant Graduation Rate • Participant College Acceptance & Completion Ultimate Goal: IMPACT LEGISTLATION

Editor's Notes

  • National Institute of Justice. "Recidivism." National Institute of Justice, 17 June 2014. Web. 1 Mar. 2017.
  • McCollister, K.E., French, M.T., and Fang, H. (2010). The Cost of Crime to Society: New Crime-Specific Estimates for Policy and Program Evaluation. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108, 98-109

    Jackson, B. "The High Cost of Recidivism." Michigan Policy | Michigan' Comeback Story Starts Here. N.p., 22 Oct. 2015. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
  • Latessa, E.J. (n.d.) “What works and what doesn’t in reducing recidivism: applying the principles of effective intervention to offender reentry” PowerPoint Presentation. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
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