3 Year Recidivism

Against the Grain began providing life-skills programming in the Williamson County Jail in 2010. The Williamson County Sherriff’s Office had a stated 3-year recidivism rate of 72% when the partnership began. In 2012, The 180 Program’s New Beginnings Study was finalized and became the sole life-recovery program offered by Against the Grain. 

Against the Grain has worked in partnership with the Williamson County Sherriff’s Office to study the effect on recidivism rates for graduates of The New Beginnings Study for the 2012 calendar year. Job Readiness, Leadership and Relationship classes from The 180 Program have been added to Against the Grain’s services and plans are in place for future reviews as the appropriate time passes for graduates to have been released for three years.

The results are as follows:

  • After 1 year of release:

                  88% of the men had not returned to jail
                                    86% of the women had not returned to jail

  •  After 2 years of release:

      75% of the men had not returned to jail  
86% of the women had not returned to jail

  •  After 3 years of release:

                                  75% of the men had not returned to jail 
                                  77% of the women had not returned to jail

The following results were achieved for the graduates of the program

  • 87% of graduates had not returned to jail after 1 year
  • 78% of graduates had not returned to jail after 2 years
  • 76% of graduates had not returned to jail after 3 years

The impact of The 180 Program has been significant. 76% of the graduates remained out of jail compared to the 28% of inmates that the WCSO had reported as the 3-year rate. In other words, the WCSO had previously had 72% of inmates return to jail, but only 24% of graduates from The New Beginnings Study returned. Graduates of The 180 Program were 2.5 times more likely to remain free after 3 years of release.