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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Virginia Department of Corrections Annual Report: In 2017 Recidivism Rate is 23.4%, Fewer SVP’s are Being Conditionally Released and Sex Offender Treatment / Assessment Funding Hasn’t Changed in 8 Years



Back in 2015 is when I first posted the links to VA-DOC Annual Reports. The 2016 breakdown can be found here http://goo.gl/Kpvsvx.
 
Just a reminder for readers, the VA-DOC stopped tracking the recidivism rate for Registered Sex Offenders back in 2013.
 
The 2017 VA-DOC Report is now online and here are some of the highlights I’ve taken note of:
1. Virginia’s rate of recidivism had a slight increase, 23.4% to be the lowest rate of the 45 States that measure recidivism- page 3
- In 2016 VA’s recidivism rate was 23.0% and in 2015 it was 22.8%.
- In 2016 VA was the 2nd lowest of 47 States that measure recidivism.
2. Too many offenders still enter the community from prison without housing, particularly sex offenders and violent offenders. – page 4
3. Many community service boards do not provide mental health treatment to certain types of offenders, such as those convicted of sex offenses or murders, contributing to a higher public risk and recidivism rate for offenders with mental health needs. page 4
4. Total Number of People under VA-DOC Probation Supervision grew from 61,281 to 64,679 - page 8
- That’s an 5.54% growth rate for 2017
- In 2016 it was 4.64% and in 2015 it was 2.44%.
5. Total VA-DOC amount allocated for Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment is $1,367,00.00 - page 10
- This dollar amount has NOT changed since 2010.
6. Total VA-DOC amount allocated for Sex Offender Polygraphs is $299,900.00 - page 10
- This dollar amount has NOT changed since 2009.
7. Total Number of Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) conditionally released from the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR) grew from 181 to 197 - page 13
- That’s an 8.84% growth rate for 2017
- In 2016 it was 16.77% and in 2015 it was 28.10%.

 
Mary Davye Devoy