How does RECAP benefit community?
It’s surprising that 2001 was the last time the Rock County Sheriff’s Office analyzed the rate that RECAP inmates committed new crimes. It’s also surprising that the state provides about a quarter million dollars per year to run the program and doesn’t demand regular recidivism reports.
RECAP is marking its 20th anniversary. So without firm data, should residents be confident that the program reaps benefits both for the inmates involved and the community in general?
In last Sunday’s Gazette, reporter Ann Marie Ames provided an extensive report on RECAP. She also analyzed online court records and found that 43.6 percent of the program’s 62 graduates in 2010 reoffended. That’s comparable to the rate the sheriff’s office calculated in 2001.
Besides providing substance abuse treatment and academic classes, how does RECAP further benefit the community? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Sunday.