The Impact of the Sure and Swift Sanction Program and the Length of Stay in the Program on Reducing Recidivism in the Colorado Department of Corrections
Results: • Deterrent-based S&S jail sanction showed mixed results on changing offender’s behavior and ultimately recidivism. • Offenders were non-significantly found to have another violation within 6 months based on previous violation or length of Sure and Swift stay.
Policy recommendations: • S&S policy must meet the needs of the community. • Responses to parole violations must be consistent, proportional, certain, and immediate. • Limit longer than 5-day S&S sanctions, otherwise unintended consequences can occur including loss of employment, loss of housing, breaking of social bonds.