YouthBuild USA Releases Report on Recidivism Reduction

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
CTI YouthBuild student

YouthBuild USA, Inc. today released a special report on successful recidivism reduction.

For 37 years, the YouthBuild program model has provided low-income young adults a unique pathway towards completing their secondary education and gaining job skills, engaging in community service and gaining leadership skills. The “Life After Lock-up” report illustrates that this approach produces strong, consistent, and replicable reductions in recidivism among young adults who have been convicted of crimes before finding their way to a local YouthBuild program. 

According to the report, previously convicted YouthBuild students have a reconviction rate of 11 percent, compared to the 21-33 percent one-year reconviction rate nationwide. Even lower rates were recorded at YouthBuild programs with intensive programming for this population under the YouthBuild SMART initiative funder for 3 years by a US Department of Labor grant. 

Criminal justice reform has been widely reported as one of the few bipartisan issues that may be taken up in Congress this year, with recidivism reduction being a key part of the conversation. Last week President Obama spoke of “the American who served his time, and dreams of starting over — and the business owner who gives him that second chance” in his State of the Union.

In releasing the report, Congressman John Katko (R-NY-24), a former federal prosecutor, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian of Massachusetts, YouthBuild SMART program graduate Terry Green from Columbus, Ohio, and Vanderbilt Law School Professor Mark Cohen, who has researched the cost benefit value of YouthBuild, joined a press call to discuss the current state of the criminal justice system and how YouthBuild fits among proven paths to decreasing recidivism.

Read the full press release about the report.