Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The University of Pittsburgh has released a study regarding recidivism in the Allegheny County Jail. The study found that the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative has reduced the amount of inmates who find their way back to jail after release. The study found the county saved $5.3 million a year. Allegheny County's rate of recidivism is now 16.5%, compared to the national average of 33.1%. The Jail Collaborative includes social services that, among other things, provide inmates with access to drug and alcohol counseling, job placement, and GED preparation.