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Higher Priority Should Be Given to Transition Services to Reduce Inmate Recidivism, Report No. 07-17, February 2007
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Transition services act as a bridge between incarceration and life in the community for newly released offenders. In the absence of meaningful transition services, offenders may return to illegal activities and prison. As a proactive cost avoidance measure, priority should be given to transition services as part of an overall strategy to reduce inmate recidivism.

The department’s current transition services have several key limitations.

  • While release planning addresses some inmate transition needs, key components are missing.
  • The department’s reliance on inmate self-study and high facilitator turnover and lapses in services can compromise transition preparation course effectiveness.
  • Work release is limited; expanding it would produce cost savings and may reduce recidivism, but increases the risk to the public.
  • Faith-based transitional housing beds are underutilized.
  • The department lacks transitional housing beds for sex offenders.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Corrections
Sexual Offenders

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-44 Department of Corrections Should Maximize Use of Best Practices in Inmate Rehabilitation Efforts,published in December 2009.
  • Report No. 09-38 Faith- and Character-Based Prison Initiative Yields Institutional Benefits; Effect on Recidivism Modest,published in October 2009.
  • Report No. 08-10 The Delays in Screening Sexually Violent Predators Increase Costs; Treatment Facility Security Enhanced, published in February 2008.
  • Report No. 07-16 Some Inmate Family Visitation Practices Are Not Meeting the Legislature’s Intent, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-15 Corrections Experiences Turnover and Vacancies, But Performance Not Diminished, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-14 Corrections Rehabilitative Programs Effective, But Serve Only a Portion of the Eligible Population, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-13 Department of Corrections Zero Tolerance Policy Increases Offender Scrutiny But Is Not Based on Risk to Public Safety, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-03 Florida’s State, County, Local Authorities Are Implementing Jessica Lunsford Act, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 04-59 Progress Report: Corrections Education and Rehabilitative Programs Significantly Reduced, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

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