Recently, Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) conducted its recent recidivism study, utilizing data captured on a daily, ongoing basis from the last ten (10) years (2011 – 2021) and performing a comparative analysis with data captured from its last recidivism study, which encompassed eleven (11) years of data from 2008 through 2019, with favorable outcomes illustrative of the agency’s dedication to community safety and adherence to ongoing evaluation and improvement.
The study involved examining ten years’ worth of individuals’ supervision completion and non-completion data and following those same individuals, for three (3) years following their date of release, for recidivism (or new arrests and/or charges). Most notably, the ACCC recidivism study defines “recidivism” as any new felony/misdemeanor arrest, regardless of whether the arrest least to conviction, excluding parole or probation violations and infractions, occurring within a three-year period post-release.
As a further expansion to this study and comparative analysis, recidivism rates for a number of variables were taken into account, including recidivism rates by age, gender, race, education, and level (or type) of supervision for completers and non-completers, which demonstrated systemic reductions in recidivism from 30.2% in 2008 – 2019 to 24.4% in 2011 – 2021. Simply put, this means that of all the individuals who completed supervision in 2011 – 2021, be they “completers” or “non-completers”, only 24.4% were re-arrested, which is 5.8% fewer individuals who were re-arrested compared to completers and non-completers in 2008 – 2019.
Such continued noteworthy reductions are a testament to the agency’s strong adherence to evidence-based practices and principles of effective intervention while holding its program participants accountable and promoting their success.