Reducing Recidivism and Pathways to Success

  • Karen A. Snedker


This chapter focuses on assessing the efficacy of MHCs using quantitative and qualitative data. Focusing first on criminal recidivism, the chapter describes reductions in criminal behavior post court-exit using administrative court data. Incentives at opt-in, mental health treatment usage, and completing MHC are associated with reductions in the likelihood of new crimes after exiting from one MHC. Drawing from interviews with MHC team members, the role of incentives, mental health treatment and graduation are explored further. Data illustrate the relationship between benefits offered to clients at entry and rewards throughput the court process and compliance levels with MHC conditions. MHC team members use rituals in order to work toward positive outcomes for MHC clients. The chapter ends with a discussion on how to assess success, calling for a more expansive understanding.


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  1. 1.Seattle Pacific UniversitySeattleUSA

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