Project Horizon: How Utah is Reducing Recidivism

Robinson, Daimar
June 2000
Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2000, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p227
Academic Journal
This article examines the findings of an independent study on the results of Project Horizon, Utah's 1992 statute to reduce the economic and social costs of recidivism that sets a precedent for funding correctional education through a state education agency and for both inmate accountability and interagency collaboration. Project Horizon helps prisoners prepare for jobs suited to individual needs when that are released. The study found Horizon parolees recidivating 18 to 20 percent less often than non-participants and finding post-release jobs—which they consistently tend to keep — 89 percent of the time. The narrative also looks briefly at Utah's effort to establish a statewide coordinated curriculum making it easier foe offenders to "pick up where they left off" if moved, and describes a new lawmaking early parole contingent on high school completion or vocational certification.


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