Going green: How new programs reduce recidivism

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​After release, formerly-incarcerated graduates of the program at San Quentin qualify for placement in $17-per-hour jobs transforming yards in underserved neighborhoods from lawns to permaculture food gardens



​​Several "green" programs in correctional institutions around the U.S. provide assistance with job training during incarceration as well as job placement post-release, increasing the likelihood of successful reintegration into communities.

The National Institute of Corrections' Greening of Corrections report documents many such job-placement and recidivism-reduction programs, including Vermont's Vermont Works for Women program, which assists with job placement for formerly-incarcerated individuals.

Vermont Works for Women program participants have demonstrated a recidivism rate of just 19 percent as compared with 51 percent among all formerly-incarcerated women in Vermont. [National Institute of Corrections, Greening of Corrections, p. 47]


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