Massachusetts’ Evidence-Based Approach to Reducing Recidivism
December 19, 2014 | Grantee Publications | Policy Research, The Power of Measuring Social Benefits
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A case study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative, a joint project of the Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, explores efforts in Massachusetts to establish an evidence-based approach to policymaking to decrease criminal justice spending, reduce crime, and improve public safety. Massachusetts’ Results First model uses state-specific data to compare costs and long-term benefits of a variety of programs and policies, and helped officials target approximately $4 million in funding toward evidence-based criminal justice programs.

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