The act of repeat offending or recidivism has become a prevalent issue nationwide. Areas with high recidivism rates are correlated with disparities in education, minority imprisonment, and socioeconomic status. Hartford currently has a high recidivism rate of 60%. I conducted interviews with ex-offenders in Hartford, and did a comparative analysis of cities nationally. States vary in their calculations of recidivism, making comparative analysis challenging. I worked with Community Partners in Action (CPA) in Hartford which assists ex-offenders assimilating into society. End of Sentence (EOS) folks are not included in CPA’s program. Project STARR’s approach of addressing multiple diverse needs of clients, showed a recidivism rate of just 9.7%. By addressing the diverse needs of EOS people, it could reduce recidivism rates in Hartford. Recidivism could be reduced nationally if proven effective programs are duplicated throughout the country.
Navin, Sean, "Reducing Recidivism in Hartford" (2015). Community Learning Research Fellows. 54.