Decline in recidivism rate attributed in part to residential treatment programs
Kintock is one of eight residential treatment program for parolees that the New Jersey State Parole Board works with. The roughly 112 people in the program take courses on life skills, stress and anger reduction, gang intervention and there’s drug and alcohol treatment on site.
Numbers from the State Parole Board show parole revocations are down from roughly 4,000 in 2000 to a little more than 1,600 in 2018, something that Kintock attributes to the work that is done at their facility and others like it. Instead of sending someone back to prison for failure to report, or submitting dirty urine, or changing an address without permission — they can be sent to residential programs.
The New Jersey State Parole Board also attributes a combination of effective parole supervision and programs like Kintock to a decrease in crime and prison population rates in the state. According to Department of Corrections, the prison population has dropped from close to 29,000 in 2000 to a little over 19,000 in 2018.