Friday, September 06, 2013
Some Facts About Jail and Recidivism
Since March 2009, 378 inmates have graduated from CEC programs. Since that time, only 36% have recidivized, i.e. returned to Northampton County jail. Of that number, most are returned for probation or parole violations.
The problem with this figure is that it is too early to say whether that 36% figure will remain at 36% after five or six years, or after more inmates have graduated. Also, as pointed out by Council member Lamont McClure, the recidivism rate is based on return to Northampton County jail. Other jails might be missed.
Director of Corrections Arnie Matos, a bit more to the point, told Council it costs $87.25 to house an inmate for one day, and the average stay is 79 days. Every time recidivism is reduced by one percentage point, it saves Northampton County $250,000.