Recidivism is the tendency to relapse into an undesirable pattern of behavior, particularly criminal conduct. Overcoming recidivism is a challenge for many people, and the high rate of recidivism by convicts is the justification for increasing prison sentences for repeat offenders.
One study by a public university professor identifies five factors affecting recidivism: Another study in Alaska found that vocational education and general education were helpful in reducing recidivism rates.
- education and employment
- substance abuse
- mental health
- support by social networks
Missing from that list is religious faith, which is probably the greatest aid in overcoming recidivism.
Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas, offers faith-based college courses to prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism.
- "Recidivism Reduction Treatment Center Study," by Professor T. Hank Robinson, of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Juvenile Justice Institute.