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California Taking New Approach to Reducing Recidivism



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today the creation a new division within the state’s Department of Justice designed to reduce California’s recidivism rate. At times it has exceeded 60 percent.

“If we were talking about a business with a failure rate of that number we would reorganize, we would reexamine,” she said. “And we would guide our approach by a well proven method which asks us to think about what is the return on our investment.”

Harris said the new department will identify programs that are reducing recidivism in counties around the state and help adapt those programs for broader use. It will also assist local agencies in finding funding for the programs

Harris cited a Pew study from 2011that found a ten percent reduction in recidivism could save California over $230 million dollars a year.

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