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Can Corrections Heal? Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Public Safety in Virginia

Can Corrections Heal? Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Public Safety in Virginia

Richeson, Scott. “Can Corrections Heal? Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Public Safety in Virginia.” 2014.

This report from the American Correctional Association provides an overview of the Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VADOC) efforts to reform the way they incarcerate people and reduce recidivism through programming and culture changes. These reforms included the implementation of a segregation step-down program, which provides “a pathway for [people in segregation] to progress through a conservative step-down process to lower-security classifications. This system applies [evidence-based practices] to reduce the criminal risks of [incarcerated people] rather than the traditional method of only relying on external behavior controls.”

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Keywords: reforms and alternatives, segregation, restrictive housing, solitary confinement, isolation, Virginia