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Going green: How new programs reduce recidivism

​​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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