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News for Immediate Release
June 15, 2017
  
Study Finds County Intermediate Punishment Programs Work
Harrisburg –The results of an 18-month study were presented recently at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), showing that nonviolent, substance-dependent offenders sentenced to County Intermediate Punishment (CIP) with a drug and alcohol restrictive intermediate punishment component (D&A RIP) were less likely to recidivate than a similar-characteristic population sentenced to incarceration.
 
Mr. Robert Orth, a Ph.D. doctoral candidate from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a research consultant to PCCD, presented his findings to the Commission through a detailed infograph (see attachment). 
 
Orth’s study consisted of matching the criminal history and demographic characteristics of offenders receiving a diversionary CIP (D&A RIP) sentence, which includes intensive supervision and probation, with similar offenders receiving a state prison sentence.  Once matched, Orth calculated recidivism rates by measuring any arrest that occurred within three years either upon release from prison or at the imposition of the CIP (D&A RIP) sentence.  He found that offenders diverted into the CIP (D&A RIP) sentence had a better three-year recidivism rate (25.7%) when compared to the state prison control group (34.9%). 
 
PCCD is committed to research that evaluates the effectiveness of the programs supported by taxpayer dollars.  CIP usually receives an $18 million appropriation in the state budget annually, but was recently eliminated in the HB 218 budget.
 
Funding for the study was provided through the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Statistical Analysis Center 2015 award to PCCD.
 
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s mission is to enhance the quality and coordination of criminal and juvenile justice systems, facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime and increase the safety of our communities.
 
 
Contact: Kirsten Kenyon, 717-265-8505
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