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September 3, 2015
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Announces Receipt of Federal Grant to Study Impact of Diversion Programs
Harrisburg, PA. — The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) announced the receipt of competitive grant funds from the Department of Justice to study the impact of alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders with a drug and alcohol dependency.  
“We at PCCD are entrusted with ensuring that our programs and those we fund are effective and results-oriented,” said Chairman Josh Shapiro. “This funding will allow us to measure the impact that these programs are having so we can continue working to improve the criminal justice system.”
Fifty-six counties throughout Pennsylvania, receive PCCD funding in support of County Intermediate Punishment Programs that address alcohol and drug dependency among non-violent offenders. These programs support treatment as well as assessment, evaluation, case management, and supervision services for offenders. The goal of these programs is to provide offenders with treatment to reduce recidivism rates. 
On average, PCCD supports the diversion of approximately 1,600 offenders annually from incarceration to Intermediate Punishment Programs, which equates to thousands of total jail days averted.  An initial study of the Intermediate Punishment Program also indicates a low recidivism rate for the participants (22%), demonstrating that the program has a positive impact on future behaviors.
The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics has awarded PCCD $100,995 which will allow for a comprehensive study comparing offenders who participated in Intermediate Punishment Programs versus similar offenders who received incarceration sentences. The study seeks to measure the impact of diversionary programs on recidivism in the Commonwealth against a control group. In addition, funds will be used for GIS-mapping projects to allow for greater accessibility for the public and decision makers.
The Department of Justice grant announcement can be found here.
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