DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio is reporting a record low rate of criminal offenders who return to jail.
Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation looks at people who returned to prison within three years of their release. The new rate is 27 percent. It betters the previous rate of 29 percent
That is well below the national average of 40 to 44 percent.
Some former inmates say diversion programs work.
De’Laquan Vines was and still is a juvenile as an offender, but no matter what his age, he says never again.
Vines was involved in the robbery of a cell phone and ended up in what is commonly know as ‘juvy’.
“Had me do a day in juvenile house arrest for a couple of months,” said Vine.
The Adam Project intervened and showed the youngster a better way.
“We mentor our guys through jobs, some having never had one in life, so we mentor them thru the process,” said Rev. Jerome McCrory, Adam’s Project founder.
The Adam Project is a grass roots group that works with ex-offenders to keep them from going back to jail.
The consistent drop in Ohio’s return to jail rate or recidivism, makes McCrory smile.
“These are sons, brothers, husbands, given the opportunity and are willing to turn it around.”
Young De’Laquan is now a student at Sinclair Community College. A move, he says, only happened because the Adam Project was steering him in the right direction.