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Study shows reduction in recidivism

According to a national study, Wisconsin is one of eight states to lower its recidivism rate, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The article cites a report released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center.

The creation of treatment alternative and diversion programs, community based resources, case planning and risk assessment have all contributed to the rate decrease, Department of Corrections (DOC) Director of Research and Policy Tony Streveler told the paper.

"It's fantastic that Wisconsin's being recognized for our work," Streveler is quoted as saying. "Having reduced recidivism, that means we have less victims."

Wisconsin has one of the highest prison populations in the country, according to the Journal Sentinel, and the highest rate of incarcerated black males. But the report showed the rate of offenders who returned to prison within three yeas of their release dropped from 56.2 percent for those released in 2007 to 51.1 percent for those released in 2010.

The other states named in the study were Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina. The rate of decrease ranged from six percent to 18 percent, with Wisconsin showing a decrease of 9.1 percent, according to the article.

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