The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Grafton County Correctional Facility

An Analysis of Rehabilitation Program Options for the New Grafton County Jail
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PRS Policy Brief 1112-16
June 04, 2012
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Executive Summary

For the past few decades, the Grafton County Jail has had four types of rehabilitation programs: substance abuse programs, a GED program, a community work program, and a ‘threshold and decision-making program.’ This report examines correctional facility programs in other rural counties for possible alternatives and additional programs Grafton County can operate to reduce recidivism rates. The methodology for data collection was interviewing county jail and program administrators, with supplementary information from research reports. The report begins with an overview of common prison programs found throughout the nation, and their efficacy in reducing recidivism rates. The following sections describe the programs operated in upstate New York, Maine, and Vermont, before launching into recommendations for Grafton County. The report also includes various considerations Grafton County should take into account, given the variance in funding, management, and resources among the different counties.

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