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Reducing Recidivism

The Minnesota Statewide Initiative to Reduce Recidivism (MNSIRR)

The Minnesota Statewide Initiative to Reduce Recidivism (MNSIRR) is a collaborative initiative between state and county systems, community service providers, and other stakeholders to reduce the recidivism rate statewide which is led by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC).  The statewide recidivism rate (return to incarceration for a new offense within three years of post–release) has held steady at 35-37% with no significant trend toward reduction.  In reducing recidivism, the partners will identify practices and policies that:

  1. Focus on the people most likely to commit crimes

  2. Use evidence-based programs proven to work and ensure the delivery of services is high quality

  3. Deploy supervision policies and practices that balance sanctions and treatment

  4. Target places where crime and recidivism rates are the highest

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