RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that prisoner recidivism in Virginia is down to 23.4 percent — the lowest of any state in the country.
According to the latest Virginia Department of Corrections report, only 2,687 out of 11,496 inmates released in 2012 have been re-incarcerated within the three-year period.
“Not only is it good for the taxpayer because you’re not incarcerating individuals, it’s also good for the inmate because they’re out being productive citizens of the community,” Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran said.
“But also, it means fewer crimes in Virginia, and that means fewer victims.”
The report attributes the commonwealth’s success to Virginia’s re-entry programming and treatment, which VADOC Director Harold Clark says are geared toward inmate rehabilitation with a focus on vocations and mental health.
“We evaluate every offender when they come into the system,” Clark explained. “We do an assessment to determine what their needs are. And then we target interventions to address those needs and deficits.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe calls it a tremendous success.
“We want people to have second chances in life, but we’re preparing the folks who are incarcerated so when they walk out, they are ready to walk out to have a productive life.”