Source: (2004) Madison, Wisconsin: Legislative Audit Bureau. Downloaded 27 August 2004.

The two counties' restorative justice programs achieved modest success through 2003. For example, the number of participating offenders increased from 461 in 2002 to 520 in 2003. In addition, encouraging results related to recidivism were reported for some of the programs. We independently calculated recidivism rates for one Milwaukee County program and found that 8.8 percent of participating offenders with no prior convictions committed another criminal offense within one year of participation, compared to 27.6 percent of nonparticipating offenders in a control group. We noted concerns with Outagamie County's calculations of recidivism rates, and we could not independently calculate the rates for its programs. (excerpt)

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