Hearing on "Halfway Home to the District: The Role of Halfway Houses in Reducing Crime and Recidivism in the Nation's Capital"

Testimony

Hearing on "Halfway Home to the District: The Role of Halfway Houses in Reducing Crime and Recidivism in the Nation's Capital"

Before House of Representatives Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee
February 16, 2010

Abstract

This congressional testimony summarizes research on the utility of halfway houses in
facilitating the successful reentry of former prisoners, emphasizing that not all halfway
houses are effective in preventing recidivism. Halfway houses that work have qualified
staff who use such evidence-based practices as needs assessments and tailored,
wraparound services. Halfway houses are most effective for medium- and high-risk
prisoners. However, they can actually be detrimental for low-risk prisoners, who would
fair better by simply returning directly to their families and communities. This research
suggests that the District of Columbia's halfway houses should be reserved for higher-risk
returning prisoners.

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