Inmate release map shows demographic data by county
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently posted a new interactive map to its website that provides statewide totals on inmate releases for 2013, 2014 and 2015. In addition, by clicking on individual counties, users can access localized data the gender, race and risk scores of those released.
Developed by DOC staff, the risk score is a risk screening tool that helps determine offenders' general risk to re-offend after their release from prison. The tool classifies individuals as low, medium or high risk for reoffending, which helps to show the general risk composition of different individuals returning to communities.
"Our agency has focused resources on a number of reentry initiatives that also are expected to reduce recidivism, such as performance-based contracts, employment initiatives and expedited enrollment in health insurance coverage," Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said. "This interactive map can assist providers of these services to estimate the need and the number of returning citizens they can service."
Wetzel also noted that the map supports his agency's effort to provide information to the general public directly. The DOC will continue to update the map with new tabs as subsequent year's statistical information becomes available.
Posted by GCN Staff on Jun 28, 2016 at 11:34 AM