Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA Fresno) is an organization committed to creating safe communities by supporting released offenders to lead productive and accountable lives. Through mutual care and support, we empower each other to foster a culture of well-being within the community.
Forty percent of the people who are released from prison end up going back there.
What does it take to keep people from re-offending?
On Vermont Edition we'll talk about a Department of Corrections program that puts community volunteers and high-risk offenders together. It's called Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) and Vermont is one of only two states to use this model. We'll talk to Derek Miodownik, the Community & Restorative Justice Executive for the Vermont Department of Corrections, and Kathy Fox, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont.