Magazine article Corrections Forum

Reducing Recidivism in Oregon

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Reducing Recidivism in Oregon

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Shelli Honeywell's involvement in the Oregon Department of Correction's innovative programs has kept the state in the bracket of record low recidivism numbers. Upon being named a hero, Honeywell says, "True success will impact all of us, not just Oregon. In the end, reduced recidivism rates mean safer communities, and therefore a better world for the next generation to come. We would love to see others embrace what we've done and seen."

What they've done started in 2012 when Director Colette S. Peters encouraged department managers to find ways to connect inmates with their families. Before then only 40 percent of the inmates were receiving some form of visitation. With programs in place, today 60 percent are benefitting from connections with family and friends. This technology program is among the innovative tools ODOC employs along with its nationally-recognized program providing cognitive, behavioral and job skills needed to equip inmates to become productive citizens. …

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