Professor Helps Delco Analyze Recidivism Data
"I want to help them make decisions that are grounded in data."
The Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Office has retained Dr. Leanne Havis, professor of Criminal Justice, as a consultant to help analyze local recidivism data and identify trends that might lower the county’s repeat-offender rate.
“My hope is that the Adult Probation and Parole unit will look at the results for actionable data that will have a practical effect on the real world. I want to help them make decisions that are grounded in data,” says Havis. For example, if the data show that most people who are rearrested do not have a high school education, the county might allocate more resources to GED programs. If most reoffenders have no job, then more vocational training programs might be a solution.